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.
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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,
Morganne Criswell and Liz McMahon led the Illini with 13 kills apiece, as No. 25 Illinois sweeps Indiana 28-26, 25-18, 25-22. Illinois improves to 13-12 with the win.
Former Illini Dennis Nevolo fell in the semifinals of the JSM Challenger on Friday evening at the Atkins Tennis Center. Nevolo, who advanced the furthest in the Challenger series in his young professional career at the event, lost to seventh-seeded Sam Groth of Australia, 7-6(5), 6-4.
Cliff Alexander, the nation's No. 3 recruit, picked Kansas over Illinois at a national televised ceremony this afternoon in Chicago. Here is our full interview with Alexander.
Cliff Alexander, the nation's No. 3 recruit, verbally committed to Kansas Friday afternoon, but not before teasing Illini nation first. Alexander, while making his announcement live on ESPNU, briefly picked up the Illinois hat, only to set it down and ultimately pick Kansas.
Quentin Snider signed a letter of intent to play for Louisville Friday morning, his high school coach Chris Renner confirms to WCIA's Matt Wettersten. Snider had previously given a verbal commitment to attend Illinois.
Illinois senior Amber Moore (27 pts, 19 reb) led the way, while freshman Jacqui Grant added a career-high 22 points to pace the Illini to a 93-70 win over Mississippi Valley State.
Former Illini Dennis Nevolo rallied past Joshua Milton to reach the semifinals of the Illinois Challenger at Atkins Tennis Center Thursday night. Nevolo lost the first set 6-3, but answered to win the second and third sets 6-1 and 7-6 respectively. This is the furthest Nevolo has ever advanced in a tournament in his professional career.
Illinois survived a bit of a scare from Valparaiso Wednesday night, and their dominance on the glass was a big reason why they came out on top. Nobody did a better job in that area than Jon Ekey. The Illinois State-transfer pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds.
Matt Bollant, Mike Small, Kim Landrus, Justin Spring & Brad Dancer talk about signing their latest recruiting classes.
Centennial's Michael Finke will wear his dad's No. 43 at Illinois.
Rice's 18 points, Ekey's 15 rebounds lead Illinois past Valparaiso 64-52
John Groce signs Top 20 class; local athletes sign for their colleges of choice
Amber Moore led the way with 23 points as the Illini beat Valparaiso 87-59
Illini star falls to Australia's John-Patrick Smith 6-3, 7-5
Extended interview with 4-star PF Leron Black, who will sign with Illinois on Wednesday
Tomorrow John Groce will sign the first members of his 2014 recruiting class. One of those players who can't wait to make it official is Memphis (TN) star Leron Black. The four-star power forward talked with WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten about what drew him to Illinois, and what kind of impact he thinks he can make.
The Illini basketball team will be back on the court Wednesday night against Valparaiso, and head coach John Groce says the Crusaders will be the biggest team they have faced so far this year. That comes with some concern after Jacksonville State pulled down 25 offensive rebounds against Illinois (2-0) Sunday.
Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said he doesn't talk about the Illini's 19-game Big Ten losing streak with his team, instead he focuses on the positive things they're doing.
Illinois freshman guard Jaylon Tate scored 10 points and had eight assists in the Illini's 24-point win over Jacksonville State Sunday. His performance is getting high praise from head coach John Groce, who said he expects big things from the Chicago Simeon product this season.
The Illinois women's soccer team qualified for the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight season. The Illini are an at-large team and play Washington State Saturday in Pullman, Washington.
Illinois senior guard Joseph Bertrand recorded his first career double-double, leading Illinois to an 86-62 win over Jacksonville State. Bertrand scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds as the Illini improved to 2-0 on the season.
The Illinois football team fell to Indiana 52-35 Saturday, losing their 19th straight Big Ten game. The Illini defense surrendered over 600 yards of total offense. Nathan Scheelhaase threw for a career-high 450 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a losing effort. Illinois hosts Ohio State next week.
CHAMPAIGN -- It was a loud, cheering sea of orange and blue sweeping into the State Farm Center Friday.
Champaign-native Rayvonte Rice scored a team-high 22 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in his Illinois debut to lead the Orange and Blue past Alabama State 80-63 in the season opener for both teams. Nnanna Egwu (10 points, 10 rebounds) tallied his second-consecutive double-double dating back to last season. Senior Joseph Bertrand added 14 points and 8 rebounds, while junior Tracy Abrams chipped in 9 points, while dishing out 3 assists.
The Illinois football players are calling Saturday's game at Indiana a must-win. They understand what is at stake. Illinois has to win 3 of their last 4 games to become bowl eligible, and with undefeated Ohio State still on the schedule, that makes this game against the Hoosiers that much more important.
The Illini women jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead before the Bradley Braves stormed back to stun the Illini 98-92 in both teams' season opener. It's the second straight year Matt Bollant's Illini have lost to the Braves.
Former Centennial Charger Rayvonte Rice will take the floor in a game for the first time Friday when the Illini open the regular season.
The Illinois basketball team only has ten scholarship players eligible to play this season. The starting line-up is experienced, but the Illini are counting on a young bench to give the team depth.
Illinois dropped the first two sets, but rallied back to beat No. 17 Michigan in a 5 set thriller Wednesday night at Huff Hall.
Illinois came up with three second-half goals, but it wasn't enough as Indiana beats the Illini 5-3 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten soccer tournament.
Illinois basketball coach John Groce said today point guard Tracy Abrams should be back on the court for Illinois' season opener Friday night. Abrams missed the team's last preseason game with a mild hamstring strain, but Groce said he will be ready to go against Alabama St.
Tim Beckman and the Illinois football team say they're actually feeling energized after Saturday's 24-17 overtime loss at Penn State. It was their 18th straight Big Ten defeat, but they feel like they were able to take a lot of positives away from the game.
Illinois soccer star Janelle Flaws was named Big Ten Forward of the Year today. The honor comes just 24 hours before the Illini are set to host the Big Ten Tournament. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on Flaws and her return to the field after two big setbacks.
While Illinois fans continue to wait for news on Cliff Alexander, John Groce is already getting to work on the Class of 2015. On Tuesday Groce landed a verbal commitment from Chicago (Simeon) 4-star forward DJ Williams.
NEW YORK, NY -- It's been a weekend of firsts for UI wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden.
The Illinois basketball team hosts Alabama State on Friday in the season opener and the team is trying to work out some of the kinks before the season starts.
The Illinois men's basketball team defeated Northwood (Michigan) 83-67. The Illinois women's basketball team defeated Cardinal Stritch 78-49. It is the final exhibition games for both squads. See highlights, interviews and a report from WCIA 3's Bret Beherns in the video above.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- A UI wheelchair-racing athlete makes history after winning marathons in four cities this year.
Tim Beckman's Illini came close to snapping a 17-game Big Ten losing streak. Illinois had a three point lead late in the fourth quarter. Penn State kicked a late field goal and went on to win in overtime 24-17. WCIA 3's Aaron Bennett reports from State College.
Update: 10:23 pm URBANA -- Team members of the famous Flyin' Illini Basketball team flew in for a reunion Friday night.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Another Illini basketball team started its season.
Maroa-Forsyth junior Jack Hockaday picked up an offer from Tim Beckman and the Illini Friday. He also has offers from Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska. Hockaday plays quarterback for the Trojans, but many teams covet him as a Safety/Linebacker at the next level. Top-ranked Maroa-Forsyth plays Tuscola in the first round of the playoffs Saturday at 1:00.
Illinois senior offensive lineman Corey Lewis is from Cresco, Pennsylvania. It's only a few hours from Penn State. He's expecting between 50-100 friends and family watching him as the Illinois-Penn State game Saturday. Lewis is back on the field this season after overcoming five knee surgeries in his career.
The media voted Michigan State the favorite in the Big Ten this season. Illinois was picked to finish 8th. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns was at Big Ten Media Day and has more on how John Groce continues to earn respect from his colleagues.
The Illinois soccer team defeated Minnesota 3-1 to secure a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. It starts next week and the Illini are hosting the event.
The Illinois basketball team gets almost a week-and-a-half in between their two exhibition games, giving head coach John Groce a chance to really get down to work with the guys in practice as they get ready to finish up the preseason.
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase spoke publicly Tuesday night for the first time about his dad's arrest and one-year ban from campus. As you can imagine, it has been a tough time for Scheelhaase, but after practice he took the opportunity to talk about about how he'll get through it all.
By all accounts, five-star recruit Cliff Alexander had a great time on his official visit to Illinois over the weekend, and it is still unclear whether he will take more unofficial visits to other schools before announcing his decision next month.
Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday his freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg practiced well Monday and should be ready to play Saturday against Illinois (11:00 a.m., ESPN). Hackenberg left Saturday's game against Ohio State early because of an injury, but it looks like that won't limit him against the Illini (3-4, 0-3).
A bad weekend got worse for Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase when, after Illinois' 42-3 loss to Michigan State, he learned his dad had been arrested and removed from the game and has now been banned from the Illinois campus for one year.
Tim Beckman confirmed today the team's second-leading receiver Ryan Lankford is done for the season after he broke a bone in his shoulder during Saturday's 42-3 loss to Michigan St. Lankford, a senior, had caught 15 passes for 308 and one touchdown before suffering the injury, which ends his Illinois career.
Fighting Illini forward Jannelle Flaws set a school record and Illinois put itself in control of its own destiny for the Big Ten Tournament with a 2-0 shutout over Michigan State on Senior Day.
Illinois lost to Michigan State 42-3 Saturday. The Spartans handed the Illini their 17th straight Big Ten loss. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more with illiniboard.com's Robert Rosenthal.
Illinois wide receiver Ryan Lankford is probably out for the season after suffering a shoulder injury Saturday, Illinois head coach Tim Beckman Said.
Michigan State handed Illinois its 17th straight Big Ten loss 42-3 Saturday.
Five star forward Cliff Alexander made an official visit to Illinois Saturday. He was in the stands for part of the Illini football game. He is one of the top five prospects in the country for 2014. His final five schools are: Illinois, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan State, and DePaul. He said he will announce a decision on November 16.
Update: 10:08 pm, 10/25/13, Friday URBANA -- Some fans put in a lot of work to be in the Illini's homecoming parade.
Illinois started slow Thursday night, but as head coach John Groce went deep into his bench, the Illini pulled away for a 101-66 exhibition win over McKendree at State Farm Center. Junior Tracy Abrams (16) led the way in the scoring column, but newcomers Rayvonte Rice (13), Jon Ekey (12) and Jaylon Tate (13) all scored in double figures.
The Illinois football team hosts Michigan State Saturday, and the Spartans will bring the nation's No. 1 defense into Champaign. Michigan State is allowing less than 230 yards and only 13 points per game. It will be the biggest test so far for Illinois' high-powered offense.