Scott Richey

Scott Richey

LIVE! Michigan

CHAMPAIGN — Ayo Dosunmu had 23 points and seven rebounds, leading Illinois in both categories, but the Illini lost 79-69 to No. 2 Michigan at State Farm Center. Giorgi Bezhanishvili had 15 points for Illinois, and Trent Frazier hit three three-pointers and finished with 13 points.

Richey | Illini sophomore struggling with his confidence before Michigan visits

CHAMPAIGN — Maybe Trent Frazier just needed to talk it out. Unburden himself a little.

Seeding is believing: Unbeaten Houston slides into the mix

Each week until Selection Sunday on March 17, college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY will project his top four seeds for each region of the NCAA tournament. This week? Unbeaten Houston is definitely in the mix:

Midwest

1. Michigan

2. Kansas

3. Florida State

4. North Carolina

Richey's men's basketball ballot breakdown: Jan. 8, 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. Duke (37) 12-1 1

2. Michigan (9) 15-0 2

3. Tennessee (13) 12-1 3

4. Virginia (5) 13-0 4

5. Gonzaga 14-2 7

6. Michigan State 13-2 8

Richey's women's basketball ballot breakdown: Jan. 8, 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. Notre Dame (12) 14-1 2

2. Louisville (10) 14-0 3

3. UConn (3) 12-1 1

4. Baylor (5) 11-1 8

5. Oregon 13-1 5

6. Stanford 12-1 6

Cockburn's commitment sets new precedent for Illini recruiting

CHAMPAIGN — Kofi Cockburn had a front-row seat for Illinois' 73-71 overtime loss to Florida Atlantic. A game where the Illini big men combined for just seven points and three rebounds (all Giorgi Bezhanishvili) and the Owls got what they wanted offensively attacking the basket.

Illini land grad transfer receiver

CHAMPAIGN — A.D. Miller's college football career is coming full circle. The Oklahoma wide receiver will join Illinois as a graduate transfer for the 2019 season five years after he committed to the Illini and then coach Tim Beckman. Illinois announced Miller's transfer on Monday afternoon and that he intends to enroll for the coming spring semester.

This loss hurts for Illini

EVANSTON — The look an Ayo Dosunmu's face said more than any of the words he uttered after Sunday's 68-66 loss at Northwestern.

Hurt. Anger. Losing stung.

Notes: 'Some nights that ball doesn't go in'

EVANSTON — Illinois men's basketball made a point of going to Giorgi Bezhanishvili to start Sunday afternoon's game at Northwestern. The freshman forward made his first shot over Wildcats' center Dererk Pardon and then missed two straight.

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