The Illinois basketball team is headed back to Georgia this weekend. Sunday afternoon's game against Auburn will be their second game of the week in Atlanta. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has been there all week and has more on how they're turning the page after their first defeat.
Illini win 25-22, 25-21, 25-16
An extended look at Illinois-signee Michael Finke in action against Central.
The Illinois volleyball team will start it's NCAA Tournament run Friday night when they host Morehead State in the first round. Illinois is the No. 13 seed and could play at home all the way until the Final Four.
Four-star quarterback Jack Beneventi (Lisle, Ill - Benet Academy) verbally committed to Iowa Thursday night, picking the Hawkeyes over Illinois.
The Illinois basketball team is moving forward after their first loss of the season Tuesday night, and head coach John Groce says there is no panic within the locker room. It might be easy to overreact after Illinois blew a 12-point lead in the final nine minutes of a 67-64 loss to Georgia Tech, but Groce says it all came down to a lack of execution. That is something he is hammering home in practice this week in hopes that they don't make the same mistakes again.
For the first time this year the Illinois men's basketball team will try to bounce back from a loss. It was a tough one Tuesday night losing in the final seconds at Georgia Tech. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns was with the Illini in Atlanta and has more on where the team goes from here.
The Illinois women's basketball team tried to do what the men could not - and that is beat Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Like the men, though, the women ran out of gas losing 93-69 to the Yellow Jackets. Illinois guard Sarah Hartwell, who transferred to Illinois from Georgia Tech, scored 9 points in her return to Atlanta. Illinois (5-3) hits the road on Saturday against Colorado.
The Illinois men's golf team is moving up again in the national rankings. The final coaches poll of the fall season was released today, and the Orange and Blue are ranked No. 6 in the country. That is up from No. 14, where they were in the preseason.
The Fighting Illini led a 12-point second-half lead slip away en route to a 67-64 loss at Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. After trailing by 3 points at halftime, Illinois fought back to open up a 12-point advantage with 9:00 to go in the game. But the Yellow Jackets (6-3) closed the game on a 19-4 run to hand the Illini their first loss of the year.
One big coaching chance a lot of fans are anticipating is that of defensive coordinator Tim Banks. Illinois ranked 110th (out of 123) in entire FBS in total defense, 104th in scoring defense, and 3rd-to-last in takeaways.
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman will return next season, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas confirmed to WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten Monday morning. Thomas gave Beckman a vote of confidence, despite his 6-18 record in two seasons.
Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas tells WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten that Tim Beckman will coach the Illini next season. Here is the entire interview as he gives his opinion and analysis on the state of the Illinois football program.
Illinois junior Rayvonte Rice was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. The Centennial grad averaged 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in a pair Illinois victories over UNLV and IPFW. Aside from the numbers, Rice's impact was huge. He made some key baskets down the stretch against UNLV and clinched the IPFW game with a late steal.
The Illinois volleyball team will host the first and second round games of the NCAA Tournament at Huff Hall. Illinois plays Morehead State Friday. The winner will play the winner of Louisville and Marquette Saturday. The Illini also host the NCAA Regional at State Farm Center.
The Illinois football team finished the second year under Tim Beckman 4-8 (1-7). He insists the Illini are getting better.
CHAMPAIGN -- Fans walking into Memorial Stadium could give a little extra on their way into the game Saturday to help tornado victims.
SHG defeated Montini 38-28 to win the state championship.
The Illinois football team fell at home to Northwestern 37-34 in the final game of the season. The Illini finish the season 4-8 (1-7). Nathan Scheelhaase did set a new Illinois record for total career yards in the contest.
The last two games for Illinois have come down to the final seconds, but John Groce's squad continues to find ways to win. The same was true Friday night as Illinois held off IPFW 57-55 at State Farm Center. Illinois led for much of the first half, but IPFW went on a 12-0 run to take command and take a 35-27 lead into halftime. As Illinois came out for the second half, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice put the team on their backs and the defense stepped up. Abrams scored 12 of his 15 points over the final 20 minutes. Rice scored a game-high 17 points, and came up with the biggest defensive stop of the game in the final seconds. Illinois improves to 7-0 on the year.
Illinois will not play in a bowl game for the second straight season. The Illini had opportunities but couldn't win six games.
The Illinois volleyball team swept Northwestern 3-0 Wednesday night at Huff Hall.
Illinois junior Rayvonte Rice scored a career high 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and even had four steals to lead the Illini past UNLV 61-59 Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Tonight's Illinois basketball game vs. UNLV will air LIVE at 9:45 pm on CBS Sports Network. Here's how to find it:
The Illinois senior class will play it's last game with the Illini football team this Saturday against Northwestern. Nathan Scheelhaase will be one of those seniors getting ready for his last game, and as WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten reports, Scheelhaase will have one last chance to cap off his storied career.
Former Illini Jereme Richmond was sentenced Monday to three years in prison after he was convicted of harassing a witness. This comes after an incident back in April when Richmond threatened his probation officer. Since leaving Illinois, the former Mr. Basketball has faced numerous weapons charges, drug charges and probation violations. The Lake Co. Assistant State's Attorney told the Chicago Sun-Times it's possible Richmond could get out of jail in 18 months or less.
The Illinois basketball team will play it's first road game of the season Tuesday night at UNLV. It will be a big test for a young team playing it's first game away from home. It will be a new kind of adversity they haven't seen yet this year, and they will be leaning on their upperclassmen to lead the way.
University of Illinois senior wide receiver Steve Hull (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday for his performance in the Fighting Illini’s Big Ten victory at Purdue on Saturday.
Illinois snapped its 20-game BIg Ten Conference losing streak with a 20-16 win at Purdue Saturday. Illiniboard.com writer Robert Rosenthal sits down to talk about the victory and what's next for the Illini.
Illinois snapped a 20-game Big Ten Conference losing streak with a 20-16 win over Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Illinois used a 22-2 run to finish the game and finish off Chicago State 77-53 Friday night at State Farm Center. Jon Ekey led all scorers with 19 points. Joseph Bertrand, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice added 12 apiece for Illinois (5-0).
The Illinois soccer team erased a pair of two-goal deficits to rally past No. 7 Portland 4-3 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Illinois' rally send the game into overtime, where Jannelle Flaws scored the game-winner, her 25th goal of the year. That ties her for the NCAA lead. Illinois advances to the Sweet 16, where they will face Boston College Sunday at 1:00 pm in Lincoln, Neb.
Illinois took the lead early and never looked back in a 78-43 win over in-state rival SIU Thursday night at State Farm Center. Freshman Jacqui Grant led the way with a game-high 15 points. Amber Moore and Ivory Crawford chipped in 14 apiece. The win is Illinois' 4th straight.
The Illinois men's basketball team hosts Chicago State Friday night. It's a series in which Illinois has never lost; they're 10-0 all-time against the Cougars.
Illinois' defensive struggles on the football field continue. In fact they rank among the worst in the Big Ten in almost every major defensive category - and the results haven't gotten any better as the season has gone along.
The Illinois soccer team heads to Lincoln, Neb. this weekend for the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Illinois will take on No. 7 Portland Friday at 11:00 a.m.
Chicago Simeon junior forward D.J. Williams wasted no time committing to play for the Fighting Illini. Making his decision before his junior season, he's the earliest a Simeon player has ever committed to play Division I basketball.
Simeon head coach Robert Smith says it is important that Chicago kids play for their home state school, and he thinks Groce and his staff are changing the perception of Illinois hoops in the Windy City.
Extended interview with Illinois-commit D.J. Williams from Chicago Simeon High School.
Things have been "so far, so good" for the Illinois basketball team. They are one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten, but you wouldn't know it by the way they've played. They credit that to the leadership on the team, especially veterans like Tracy Abrams, Joseph Bertrand and others.
The Illinois football team is looking for one Big Ten win - anything to snap that 20-game conference losing streak. They will have their best chance yet Saturday at Purdue. One key for Illinois, though, will be keeping Nathan Scheelhaase on his feet.
The Illinois basketball team is off to a 4-0 start heading into Friday's game against Chicago State, and one of the big reasons the Illini are still perfect has been the play of freshman point guard Jaylon Tate.
One of the bright spots for the Illinois football team has been the play of Steve Hull. The senior wide receiver ranks sixth in the Big Ten in receiving, and he has stepped up in a big way ever since Ryan Lankford was lost for the year. Head coach Tim Beckman says if Hull can stay healthy, he hopes his senior can get a chance to play in the NFL.
The Illinois football team is getting ready to play Purdue Saturday. The Illini have lost 20 straight Big Ten games. They're looking to end that skid against a team who is also winless in the Big Ten this season.
Illinois senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase said even though the Illini are no longer bowl eligible, there's still "something to play for." The Illini dropped their 20th consecutive Big Ten Conference game against Ohio State on Saturday, losing 60-35.
Illinois graduate senior Jon Ekey scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Illini's 81-55 win over Bradley Sunday night at State Farm Center. Four players scored in double figures for Illinois, who improved to 4-0 on the season.
The Illinois women's basketball team set a school record for largest margin of victory, blowing out Alcorn State 112-28 at State Farm Center Sunday afternoon.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Big Brothers Big Sisters program showed its support for the Illini.
Bonus video of John Groce talking about an article that was critical of Illinois fans and the Illini program.
Third ranked Ohio State defeated Illinois 60-35 Saturday dropping the Illini to 0-6 in the Big Ten and 3-7 overall. Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He became just the fourth Illinois player to ever thrown 50 career touchdown passes. He also rushed for 46 yards and a score. V'Angelo Bentley returned a punt for a touchdown becoming the first Illini player to ever return a kick-off and a punt for a touchdown in the same season. Illinois plays at Purdue next Saturday,