Scott Richey

Scott Richey

Kane, Higgs learning ropes; Fisher star added to roster

Questions? Ask 'em here

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois got a one-hour team workout during the day on Monday. It was the 10th for the Illini since the team returned to campus late last month for the start of the school year with official practices

Status unclear for Bush Jr. against Penn State

CHAMPAIGN — Friday night's Big Ten opener against Penn State makes for a truncated practice schedule this week for Illinois, including spending Monday on the practice field. AJ Bush Jr. took some reps at quarterback during the first practice of the week, but the graduate transfer's status against the 10th-ranked Nittany Lions has yet to be determined.

Poulter, Quade earn Big Ten honors

CHAMPAIGN — Jordyn Poulter is quick to point out any individual honor she earns is a direct result of how well her teammates are playing.

More time on court coming soon for Underwood, Illini

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois coaching staff is about to get 20 hours per week to work with its team. The start of official practices is now less than two weeks ago. Full-on preparation for the 2018-19 season is coming.

Tipoff: Best first-month games featuring Big Ten teams

The 2018-19 season starts in less than two weeks with the first official practices. The first games? Just 51 days away. Our college basketball writer breaks down 10 of the best games featuring Big Ten teams in the first month of the season:

1. Michigan at Villanova, Nov. 14

Conversation with The Reno Gazette-Journal's Chris Murray

Champaign native Jordan Caroline helped lead Nevada to the Sweet 16 in March. He's back — along with several key players — for a Wolf Pack team expected to be among the nation's best in 2018-19. The Reno Gazette-Journal's Chris Murray breaks them down:

Beyond the arc: ACC tournament returning to D.C.

There’s really no true offseason for college basketball. Here are three things that caught our college basketball writer and AP Top 25 voter’s attention in the last week:

ON THE RISE

Notes: McLaughlin, Epstein have big days, but Illini leave plenty on the table

CHICAGO — Chase McLaughlin was automatic inside 40 yards the last two seasons, missing just one field goal in 2016. Beyond that was a different proposition in his first two years as Illinois' full-time kicker.

Fourth-quarter rally by Bulls squaders Illini's chance at 3-0

CHICAGO — Illinois bent and bent and bent defensively through three-plus quarters Saturday against South Florida. The Illini gave up yardage — particularly in the passing game — but made enough key stops and let the Bulls hurt themselves with penalties to keep points off the board.

The Illini bent until they broke.