With Illini Fans In Celebration Mode, Champaign County Health Officials Urge Caution

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County health officials are urging caution ahead of the upcoming NCAA tournament, where the University of Illinois men’s basketball team will compete for the first time in eight years. With fans fired up from a series of recent wins, officials are worried that packed sports bars and watch parties could contribute to […]

Illini Women Start Big Ten Tourney With Blowout Win Over Wisconsin

INDIANAPOLIS — The Fighting Illini women’s basketball team exploded out of the gate in yesterday’s Big Ten Tournament opener, scoring the first 17 points en route to a 67-42 drubbing of Wisconsin. Freshman guard Aaliyah Nye scored a career-high 17 points to lead Illinois — including four three-pointers. She credited the Illini coaching staff for […]

Illini Stun No. 2 Michigan 76-53

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team shocked the college basketball world Tuesday night with a stunning 76-53 blowout over No. 2 Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ayo Dosunmu sat out his third-straight game under concussion protocol, allowing room for Trent Frazier to score 22 points and Andre Curbelo 17 from the guard […]

Illini Comeback Falls Short At Purdue 70-66

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A season-long narrative of hot and cold quarters played out again for the Fighting Illini women’s basketball team in a 70-66 loss at Purdue Sunday afternoon. Outscored by a dozen points in the third, and trailing by 16 points in the fourth quarter, Illinois reeled off 13 straight, and then tied […]

Illini Hold On At Wisconsin 74-69

MADISON — The 5th-ranked Illini men’s basketball team withstood a one-man basket barrage in the final three minutes, holding on to beat #22 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center for the second straight year. The final was 74-69. Illinois, playing without an injured Ayo Dosunmu, sustained a double-digit lead through most of the game despite committing 20 […]

Illini’s 7-Game Winning Streak Snapped At MSU 81-72

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The winning streak is over for the Illini men’s basketball team, but the 23-year streak of NCAA tournament berths is still alive for Michigan State. The Spartans out-toughed the Illini en route to an 81-72 win last night in East Lansing. Illini Trent Frazier said his team was expecting the blunt […]

Illini Women’s Comeback Falls Short Vs. #15 Indiana 58-50

CHAMPAIGN — The Fighting Illini women’s basketball team gave another Jekyll and Hyde performance in yesterday’s 58-50 loss to the 15th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers in Champaign. Eighteen first half fouls forced the Illini to rethink how they were defending. Coach Nancy Fahey said the analysis proved fruitful. “There’s a maneuver called a Masgov that you can […]

Frazier, Curbelo Drive Illinois Past Indiana 75-71 In OT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Ayo Dosunmu went scoreless after halftime, and fouled out almost eight minutes before the final horn. But the Fighting Illini men’s basketball team managed without him in a 75-71 overtime win at Indiana last night. Trent Frazier and Andre Curbelo took the reins in a game that saw 53 personal fouls, and […]

Illini Win Long-Anticipated Tilt With Iowa 80-75

CHAMPAIGN — Since the COVID-compromised 2020-21 college basketball schedule was released last autumn, January 29 had been circled on everyone’s calendar. The Illinois-Iowa game was important to Illini and Hawkeye fans, of course. But the entire country was waiting and watching. That #19 Illinois prevailed 80-75 over #7 Iowa means a bevy of non-Midwestern hoops […]

Illini Men Upset By Maryland; Women Fall At Michigan

CHAMPAIGN — The Maryland Terrapins now have two Big Ten wins, both on the road at nationally-ranked opponents. That’s after they upset #12 Illinois 66-63 Sunday night at State Farm Center in Champaign. Their previous conference win was at #8 Wisconsin. Daryll Morsell returned from a two-game injury break to score 19 points on 8-16 […]

Illini Men Hold Off Purdue; Women Blasted By Iowa

CHAMPAIGN — The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team beat Purdue 66-58 Saturday in Champaign. Freshman Andre Curbelo came off the bench to spark an Illini team that tripped out of the gate in both halves. The freshman scored only eight points and dished out six assists, but his presence on the floor changed the dynamic […]

Illini ‘Foul Up’ At Rutgers 91-88

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Most of the time, if you shoot 54 percent from the field, score 88 points, and have five players score in double figures, you’ll win the game. But that wasn’t the case for #13 Illinois on Sunday, as they fell 91-88 at #19 Rutgers in Big Ten conference play. Illinois coach Brad […]

Late Run Sinks Illini Women At Nebraska 78-72

LINCOLN, Neb. — Everything was clicking offensively for the Illinois women’s basketball team in its Big Ten opener at Nebraska Thursday night. Five Illinois players had scored in double figures, and the Illini led 67-63 with just more than three minutes to play. Nebraska then went on a 12-0 run to take a 75-67 lead, […]

Foul Trouble Plagues Illini In 71-63 Loss At Ohio State

COLUMBUS – The Illini men’s basketball team lost 71-63 last night at Ohio State. Big men Kofi Cockburn and Giorgi Bezhanishvili were in foul trouble from the opening tip. Cockburn picked up his first foul 14 seconds into the game.