Scott Richey

Scott Richey

Who's got the edge? Illinois vs. Iowa

Beat writer Scott Richey breaks down Illinois and Iowa:

Illini entering must-win phase starting against the Hawkeyes

Do good

Today's game is doubling as "Good Works Day" at Memorial Stadium. Food drive donation areas for the Eastern Illinois Food Bank will be located on Kirby Avenue between First and Fourth streets and in Grange Grove, and the Salvation Army will also start its Red Kettle Campaign, ringing bells at multiple stadium entrances.

So long, seniors

Sophomore defensive end turning into key piece for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — The list of Big Ten leaders for pass breakups is topped by Nebraska's breakout lockdown cornerback — and fantastically named —Dicaprio Bootle.

It also includes familiar names like Michigan State's Justin Layne, Northwestern's Montre Hartage and the latest in a long line of standout Penn State defensive backs in Amani Oruwariye.

Thursday's prep highlights: Todd leads Storm past Iroquois West

In girls' basketball:

Lady Falcon/Bunnie Tip-Off

At Fisher

Central's Hinton is on the fast track

CHAMPAIGN — Rylee Hinton had to wait 528 days between committing and signing to play volleyball at Illinois. The Champaign Central senior's wait to start her Illini career, though, will be significantly shorter.

Hype building toward future

CHAMPAIGN — The 2019 Illinois baseball recruiting class is the last one for coach Dan Hartleb that came without the benefit of the Susan and Clint Atkins Baseball Training Center. The eight players Illinois signed Wednesday, plus three more Hartleb said he couldn't yet talk about, all picked the Illini without knowing a major facility upgrade was on the way.

Winning streak hits 10

EVANSTON — Northwestern opened newly-renovated Welsh-Ryan Arena earlier this month. It might as well have gotten a name change Wednesday to Huff Hall North given the number of Illinois fans in attendance as the No. 4 Illini cruised to a 25-16, 25-11, 25-14 victory.

Illini rising to challenge in Underwood's second season

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men's basketball had two chances to regain its lead in the final 90 seconds of Tuesday night's Gavitt Tipoff Games showdown after Ayo Dosunmu picked Georgetown forward Greg Malinowski's pocket for his second steal of the game.

Fresh off another big win, Illini volleyball refocuses ahead of road swing

CHAMPAIGN — Ashlyn Fleming figures it was about midday Sunday when the buzz of Saturday's top-10 win against Penn State turned into focus for today's rematch with Northwestern in Evanston. The rest and recovery Sunday was for a purpose.

No Frazier, no win for young Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Someone was going to have to take on a bigger role Tuesday night for Illinois.

No Trent Frazier changes the dynamic for the Illini, and with the sophomore guard sidelined because of a concussion suffered in Monday's practice, the Illini had to turn to someone else.