Scott Richey

Scott Richey

Seeding is believing: Feb. 14, 2019

MIDWEST

1. Tennessee

2. Michigan

3. Houston

4. Virginia Tech

Success away from C-U rare for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Three hundred fifty-five days.

That's how long the Illinois men's basketball team has gone since its last true road win. That Feb. 25, 2018, victory at Rutgers was a bit of a rarity itself — the only road win of the 2017-18 season and almost a year to the day from the last one for the Illini.

Illini's Hudson is taking in the sights

CHAMPAIGN —Keynodo Hudson got a little emotional the first time he walked out on to Zuppke Field at Memorial Stadium. Those feelings were part of the reason he was interested when Illinois coach Lovie Smith inquired about joining his staff.

Illinois offers trio of Minneapolis area teammates

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois coach John Groce tried to tap into a growing recruiting hub in Minnesota in the 2017 class with offers for a trio of Minneapolis area prospects. Jericho Sims (Texas), Theo John (Marquette) and McKinley Wright IV (Colorado) all went elsewhere.

Richey's women's basketball ballot breakdown: Feb. 12, 2019

A look at how Illinois basketball beat writer — and Associated Press Top 25 voter — Scott Richey's polls compared with those of the AP:

AP Top 25

 

Team Rec. Prev.

1. Baylor (22) 21-1 1

2. Louisville (3) 23-1 2

3. Oregon (3) 23-1 3

4. UConn 21-2 5

5. Mississippi State 22-1 6

6. Notre Dame 22-3 4

Closing out games no longer an issue for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Michigan State went on a 22-5 second-half run during a nearly nine-minute stretch where Illinois didn't make a single shot. Rutgers shot 50.7 percent from the field — it's best in Big Ten play this season — with freshman Caleb McConnell's career-high 25 points nearly seven times his season average.

Spotlight still shining on Bezhanishvili, Dosunmu

CHAMPAIGN — Giorgi Bezhanishvili has regularly downplayed his own individual accomplishments in favor of what his teammates have done this season. Even more so if a big game for the Illinois freshman forward came in an Illini loss.

Richey's men's basketball ballot breakdown: Feb. 12, 2019

A look at how Illinois basketball beat writer — and Associated Press Top 25 voter — Scott Richey's polls compared with those of the AP:

AP Top 25

Team Rec. Prev.

1. Tennessee (40) 22-1 1

2. Duke (24) 21-2 2

3. Gonzaga 23-2 4

4. Virginia 20-2 3

5. Kentucky 20-3 5

6. Michigan 22-2 7

7. Nevada 23-1 6

Four wins in four days: Why not?

CHAMPAIGN — There's precedent for a sub-.500 Illinois basketball team making an upset-filled run through the Big Ten tournament.

Illini sweep Big Ten weekly honors

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois made some Big Ten basketball history Monday afternoon after Giorgi Bezhanishvili was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Ayo Dosunmu earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. That sweep was the first by a pair of freshmen from the same team and was also the first time Illinois had ever won both honors.

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