Three Illinois freshmen are making a big impact for the third-ranked Illini men's tennis team. Aleks Vukic, Toshiki Matsuya and Aron Hiltzik have all been in the lineup this season and have a combined 28-6 dual record.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois baseball team raced out to a 9-1 lead and never looked back as they avenge an earlier loss to Kent State with a 9-4 victory. Rob McDonnell (W, 2-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Illini, who improve to 18-5-1 this season.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois' NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez is up for another national award. Martinez is a finalist for the Hodge Trophy, which is basically the Heisman Trophy of college wrestling. He is one of four finalists and the only freshman on the list.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois men's basketball team is heading overseas this summer. The university announced Monday that John Groce and his team will embark on a trip to Europe, spending ten days in Belgium and France. Groce says the team will play three or four games during the overseas tour, which takes place August 9-19.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois women's gymnastics team has qualified for the NCAA Regional. They learned Monday they will compete at the Morgantown, W.Va. Regional as the No. 14 overall seed. Illinois is coming off a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, where they put up a school-record score.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Illinois basketball fans look back at how the season ended, the most common question asked is, "What happened?" How could a team play its two worst games of the season in the final two games - with its season on the line?
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois redshirt freshman Isaiah Martinez has brought a national championship back to campus. Martinez won the NCAA championship at 157 pounds over the weekend in St. Louis. He is the first freshman to finish a season undefeated and win a national title since Iowa State's Cael Sanderson did it back in 1999. Martinez (35-0) is the first undefeated Illini wrestler since Matt Lackey in 2003.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois junior Kevin Duchene was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Monday after his stellar performance Friday against South Florida. Duchene struck out eight batters in seven innings. He allowed just two hits and no earned runs. Duchene is now 3-1 on the season with a 0.67 ERA.
bigstagehoop.com's Derek Piper talks with Matt Wettersten about the Illini season, what's to come, and future recruits.
BASEBALL S. Florida 1 #18 Illinois 13 (F) SOFTBALL #15 Minnesota 14 Illinois 2 (F)
PEORIA, Ill. - Illinois recruiting target Marcus LoVett scored a game-high 45 points on 20-for-27 shooting in a state semifinal loss Friday afternoon. LoVett's 45 points are a new Class 3A state tournament record. He holds offers from Illinois, Kansas, St. John's and others.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois Field will have a brand new addition when the Illinois baseball team takes the field against South Florida this weekend. A new video board and scoreboard sits just outside the right field wall. The 36'x19' board is not functional yet, but they hope to have it up and running later this season.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sophomores Jacqui Grant and Taylor Gleason have left the Illinois women's basketball program and will transfer at the end of the spring semester, the University of Illinois announced Thursday night.
BASEBALL LU-Belleville 1 Illinois 7 (F)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - It was an end to the season to forget for the Illini, and it culminated here Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois will have a wrestler in all ten weight classes at this week's NCAA Championships in St. Louis. Two-time defending national champion Jesse Delgado will go for a third straight title at 125 pounds. Zane Richards is ranked No. 5 at 133 pounds. Jackson Morse is ranked No. 9 at 165 pounds, and Isaiah Martinez is the No. 1 seed at 157 pounds. The freshman is undefeated and the favorite for a national championship.
SOFTBALL North Dakota State 3 Illinois 0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Illinois surrendered an early 20-0 run and never recovered in a 79-58 loss to Alabama in the first round of the NIT. Malcolm Hill led all scorers with 20 points off the bench. Illinois finishes the season 19-14.
WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten reports on the Illini LIVE from their NIT opener in Tuscaloosa.
Aaron Bennett, Matt Wettersten and Bret Beherns recap the Illini season, look ahead to their NIT draw, and break down some of the issues facing the program.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illini left Monday afternoon for Tuscaloosa, Alabama as they get set to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT. The players spoke to the media Monday, saying they are disappointing they didn't make the NCAA Tournament, but that they will have no problem getting motivated for the NIT.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - There is no quarterback controversy at Illinois this spring. Wes Lunt is the guy and that comes with responsibility. "I think just taking more accountability on and off the field," Lunt said of his increased leadership role. "Just trying to do everything right and try and be a leader."
The Illinois basketball team got a 3-seed in the NIT and will play 6-seed Alabama Tuesday night at 8:00 central time. The game will be televised on ESPN. Illinois is 19-13 this season. Alabama is 18-14. The game will be played at Alabama because of ongoing renovations to State Farm Center. The winner of that game plays the winner of Miami (FL) and NC Central.
The #19 Illinois baseball team evened the series with Southern Illinois at 1-1 with a 6-2 win Saturday. The team's will meet in the rubber match Sunday.
COLLEGE BASEBALL Southern Illinois 2 Illinois 0
CHICAGO, Ill. - In a game that was a must-win for Illinois, John Groce's team put forth what he called one of their worst efforts of the year in a 73-55 loss to Michigan in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois fell behind 14-2, rallied to take a 19-17 lead, only to fade down the stretch in a loss than essentially eliminates Illinois from NCAA Tournament contention.
WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten and Bret Beherns preview Illinois' Big Ten Tournament opener against Michigan.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Pat McInerney drove home three runs and Reid Roper plated a pair as Illinois beat Chicago State 7-3 in their home opener Tuesday at Illinois Field. Rob McDonnell earned the win, striking out four over six shutout innings.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illini get their last chance to make a good impression on the NCAA selection committee this weekend, and their postseason fate hangs in the balance. They could go to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years - or head back to the NIT for the second straight season. It all depends on how they perform this weekend.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former Illinois quarterback Aaron Bailey has found a new football home. Bailey will enroll at Northern Iowa this fall, and he will be eligible to play immediately for the Panthers next season. Bailey announced last month he was transferring at the end of this semester. The former four-star recruit played sparingly in two years at Illinois. Last season he played in only five games, totaling 238 yards and two touchdowns.
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. (UI Release) –The Big Ten All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced Monday. Illinois senior Nnanna Egwu was selected to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team, while senior Rayvonte Rice and sophomore Malcolm Hill were honorable mention All-Big Ten picks.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois basketball team is either just in or just out of the NCAA Tournament depending on which projection you look at. Either way it's not a comfortable position to be in heading into the Big Ten Tournament later this week. The Illini didn't do themselves any favors over the weekend when they squandered a 13-point lead in a loss at Purdue. It left them at 9-9 in the Big Ten, needing at least one - maybe two - wins in the Big Ten Tournament to have a shot at the Big Dance. That all starts with a game against Michigan Thursday.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An Illinois freshman brought home a Big Ten title over the weekend. Redshirt freshman Isaiah Martinez dominated the 157 pound weight class at the Big Ten Championships, running his record to 30-0. Martinez was back on campus Monday showing off some of his hardware.
Illinois head coach John Groce said his team has to 'play better' after a 63-58 loss at Purdue Saturday. The loss means the Illini will be the eight-seed at the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.
Illinois led by as many as 13 points in the first half but Purdue came storming back in the second to beat the Illini 63-58 Saturday afternoon at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette.
Illinois players are not shying away from the magnitude of Saturday's regular season finale at Purdue. Several players have called it the 'biggest game of the season.'
Illinois plays at Purdue Saturday in a key game for both teams. "It's going to be a battle. My guess is it will be a championship-type intensity level coming from both teams. We look at it as an opportunity like I'm sure they do too. I'm sure Matt would tell you, just like I would, it's great to be playing for those type of things this time of year. It beats the alternative," said Illinois head coach John Groce.
Rayvonte Rice scored a game high 23 points in the final home game of the Champaign native's career as Illinois beat Nebraska 69-57 Wednesday night at State Farm Center.
The Illinois men's basketball team plays Nebraska Wednesday night in a key game for the Illini. John Groce and his wife Allison are expecting their third child any day.
Former Illinois standouts Jack Ingram and Roger Powell Jr. returned to Illinois Saturday night to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 Final Four team that won a school record 37 games.
With two games to play in the regular season, Illinois appears to be in control of its own NCAA tournament destiny. Illini head coach John Groce praised his team's toughness and execution after Saturday night's 86-60 win over Northwestern, saying it was one of Illinois' best performances of the season.
Illinois scored early and often and buried Northwestern 86-60. The Illini needed a win and got it in a big way to improve their record to 18-11 and 8-8 in the Big Ten. Five Illini scored in double figured. Rayvonte Rice had a game-high 19 points. Illinois hosts Nebraska on Wednesday.
The Illinois women's basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 72-60 win over Michigan on Senior day. Freshman Chatrice White had a team season-high with 30 points. The Illini earn a bye in this week's Big Ten Tournament.
WCIA 3's Bret Beherns gives an inside look at the Orange Krush as they traveled to watch the Illini play at Iowa.
Aaron White scored 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Iowa over Illinois 68-60. Rayvonte Rice scored 20 points, while Ahmad Starks scored 19 in a losing effort.
Illinois lost to Michigan State Saturday 60-53. Malcolm HIll scored 17 points, while Rayvonte Rice added 15 in a losing effort. Illinois shot just 28.8% from the field and made just two out of sixteen three-point field goals. The Illini fall to 17-10 (7-7)
The Illinois women's basketball team rallied from a 13 point deficit to beat Purdue 47-46 Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illini wrestling team has a big weekend on tap. They're off to Iowa City for the quarterfinals of the NWCA National Duals. Eight of the best wrestling teams in the country will be there competing for a championship. Illinois is the No. 7 seed. They will take on second-ranked and undefeated Missouri Saturday as the Illini go for their sixth consecutive win.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Lou Henson won nearly 800 games as a college basketball head coach. He went to two Final Fours, and he retired as the all-time winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. Tuesday he was elected to into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois baseball team is off to it's best start in 15 years. Illinois (4-0) leads the Big Ten in ERA, and what's even more impressive is they did it without their ace Kevin Duchene. Head coach Dan Hartleb announced Monday Duchene has been suspended. He did not make the trip to Texas over the weekend, and he won't compete this weekend. Duchene won the Big Ten ERA title last season.