Scott Richey

Scott Richey

Mark your calendars: Week of Feb. 17, 2019

Now that the 2018-19 season is underway, our college basketball writer provides three games to watch in the coming week — from the elite matchups to the under-the-radar gems — that he's penciled in on his TV schedule:

No. 8 North Carolina at No. 2 Duke

Wednesday, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Tipoff: 10 notable transfers entering the market

The transfer market is already churning through the next wave of players searching for a new home. Our college basketball writer spotlights some big names - and some familiar ones - that have opted to transfer so far:

23 dunks, 25 games

CHAMPAIGN — The highlights played as one Flyin' Illini after another has been honored at State Farm Center this season have been telling.

Those guys literally flew. Just dunk after dunk after dunk.

Kenny Battle throwing down in-game 360s.

Nick Anderson putting a defender on a poster after taking off a couple steps inside the free throw line.

Conversation with The Post-Standard's Donna Ditota

Duke has only lost at Cameron Indoor Stadium 10 times in the last 10 season (counting this one). Syracuse is responsible for three of those losses, including the overtime victory on Jan. 14. Of course, the Orange also lost at home this year to both Old Dominion an Buffalo. The Post-Standard's Donna Ditota breaks down Syracuse's season:

Fewer fouls for Bezhanishvili gives Illini offense options

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois planned for an Ohio State double team on Giorgi Bezhanishvili ahead of Thursday's game.

For two reasons.

Scott Richey on Big Ten basketball: Feb. 16, 2019

Will Illinois' winning streak survive a trip to Wisconsin? Beat writer Scott Richey helps you prioritize your watch schedule after he posted an 8-4 record from last week's Big Ten games:


Illini break road drought, extend win streak to four

COLUMBUS, Ohio — What exactly Giorgi Bezhanishvili said to Illinois coach Brad Underwood as the Illini freshman forward skipped through the tunnel leading back to the visitor’s locker room at Value City Arena was washed out by the general cacophony of his Illini teammates.

UI basketball notes: 'I figured it was going to take time'

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jason Benetti has spent the better part of the past several months fielding question after question about Manny Machado. Mostly it's a "Will he or won't he?" type of deal. As in, will Machado sign with the Chicago White Sox?

Quick hits: Illini win at Ohio State


Illinois sent that last monkey flying off its back by closing out Ohio State late to secure a 63-56 win iits first true road win of the season and fourth straight victory this month.


Illini Basketball Report Card: at Ohio State, Feb. 14, 2019

Player of the game

Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu

The Illini freshman might have missed a wide open layup late in the game, but he made up for it with another dagger three-pointer in what's turning out to be a month full of them. Dosunmu's clutch shot pushed him to 15 points for the game to go with four rebounds and three assists.