No. 17 Illinois rallies late, beats No. 2 Texas 85-78 in OT

NEW YORK — Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 12 of his 16 points in overtime, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:34 remaining, and No. 17 Illinois rallied for an 85-78 victory over second-ranked Texas in the Jimmy V Classic. Matthew Mayer, who faced Texas several times at Baylor, tied a career-high with 21 points as he […]

Illinois to face Mississippi State in ReliaQuest Bowl Jan. 2

CHAMPAIGN — The Fighting Illini football team is headed to Florida. The team announced Sunday afternoon that it has accepted an invitation to play in the ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa on Jan. 2. They’ll face the Mississippi State Bulldogs from the SEC. Both teams finished with 8-4 regular season records. Illinois head coach Bret Bielema […]

No. 5 Indiana women get past Cook and Illinois 65-61

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Mackenzie Holmes scored 23 points, including a go-ahead layup with 37 seconds left, and No. 5 Indiana got past Illinois 65-61 in their Big Ten opener. Indiana improved to 9-0. The Hoosiers hadn’t trailed in the second half of any game this season before going back and forth in the closing […]

No. 22 Maryland tops No. 16 Illinois 71-66 to stay unbeaten

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jahmir Young scored 24 points, including a crucial 3-pointer with 14.3 seconds remaining that helped No. 22 Maryland stay undefeated with a 71-66 victory over No. 16 Illinois on Friday night. Maryland is off to a sparkling 8-0 start under new coach Kevin Willard, who became the first coach in […]

Hot shooting Illini women blow out Pittsburgh 92-71

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Fighting Illini women’s basketball team won just seven games all of last season. They’ve equaled that total this season in just eight games. Behind hot shooting both inside and out, Illinois blasted Pittsburgh 92-71 to improve to 7-1. Adalia McKenzie tallied a career high 24 points. Three other Illini scored in […]

Hawkins has triple-double, No. 16 Illinois thumps Syracuse

CHAMPAIGN — Coleman Hawkins had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and No. 16 Illinois thumped Syracuse 73-44 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Neither team shot well, but Illinois hit 6 of its 15 3-point attempts in the second half to send the Orange home with their third straight loss. Terrence Shannon Jr. had […]

Illinois rips Northwestern, falls short in Big Ten West bid

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Safety Sydney Brown returned a touchdown and an interception for scores and Illinois snapped a three-game losing streak with a 41-3 rout of Northwestern. Brown raced 53 yards for a touchdown after Northwestern quarterback Cole Freeman fumbled, then sprinted in for a 39-yard score off an interception, both in the third […]

Illini women improve to 5-0 with blowout win over Oakland

CHAMPAIGN — The Fighting Illini women’s basketball team is off to its best start since the 2014-15 season after an 84-55 win over Oakland University Monday night in Champaign. Four Illinois players scored in double figures, led by junior Makira Cook with 18 points. Senior Jada Peebles added 12 points off the bench for the […]

No. 16 Virginia beats No. 19 Illinois to cap emotional week

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reece Beekman and No. 16 Virginia capped an emotional week by going on a late 13-point run to defeat No. 19 Illinois 70-61 to win the Continental Tire Main Event. The Cavaliers trailed Illinois 58-56 when they that run began with 3 1/2 minutes left. Beekman scored 17 points and was […]

No. 3 Michigan beats Illinois 19-17 after Corum hurts knee

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jake Moody made a go-ahead, 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left to give No. 3 Michigan a 19-17 win over Illinois. Chase Brown rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the loss for the Illini, who fall to 7-4 on the season.  Illinois will close out the regular […]

Shannon scores 29, No. 15 Illinois rallies past No. 8 UCLA

LAS VEGAS (AP) — No. 19 Illinois rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat No. 8 UCLA 79-70 in the Continental Tire Main Event. Terrence Shannon Jr. made 8 of 9 3-pointers and scored 29 points with 10 rebounds. The Illini will play No. 16 Virginia in Sunday’s championship game. UCLA faces fifth-ranked Baylor in […]

Shannon scores 30 as No. 19 Illinois routs Monmouth 103-65

CHAMPAIGN — Terrence Shannon Jr. had a career-high 30 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 19 Illinois to a 103-65 win over Monmouth. Freshman guard Jayden Epps scored a season-high 21 points and Dain Dainja finished with 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting for the Illini (3-0). Andrew Ball scored 13 points to lead Monmouth […]

O’Connell, Durham lead Purdue past No. 21 Illinois 31-24

CHAMPAIGN — Aidan O’Connell passed for 237 yards and three scores, two to Payne Durham, and Purdue beat No. 21 Illinois 31-24 to turn the Big Ten West race into a muddled mess. The win gives the Boilermakers a tie for first and a crucial head-to-head tiebreaker over the Illini, who were firmly in control […]

Shannon scores 24 as Illinois beats Eastern Illinois 87-57

CHAMPAIGN — Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 24 points and Coleman Hawkins had a career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds as No. 23 Illinois cruised to an 87-57 win over Eastern Illinois. Dain Dainja added 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Illini, who outrebounded the Panthers 53-30 and scored 21 second-chance […]

Michigan State halts skid by upending No. 14 Illinois 23-15

CHAMPAIGN — Payton Thorne passed for 182 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan State ended a troubling week where eight players were suspended by defeating No. 14 Illinois 23-15 on Saturday. The Spartans’ players were suspended for a post-game fight against Michigan last week. Michigan State’s defense stopped the Illini five times on fourth down. […]