Scott Richey

Scott Richey

Losing streak snapped, Illini after more

Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY has the quick primer on what to expect in Lincoln, Neb., before today's game between the visiting Illini and Cornhuskers:

Digging in to help out fits O'Brien

CHAMPAIGN — Reinforcements are on the way.

Illinois volleyball is set to add Champaign Central's Rylee Hinton and Zion-Benton's Kennedy Collins next week when the early signing period begins as part of the 2019 recruiting class.

Illinois not satisfied despite clear progress on offense

CHAMPAIGN — Emphasizing playmaking isn't new for Illinois offensive coordinator Rod Smith. That's something he's discussed with his group the entire season.

'I know he's got my back'

CHAMPAIGN — Giorgi Bezhanishvili had two clear directives from Illinois coach Brad Underwood heading into Thursday night's game against Evansville.

Stay in line defensively. Rebound.

Dosunmu's debut lives up to hype, as Illini rout Evansville

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men's basketball wrapped up its 99-60 season-opening victory just before 9 p.m. Thursday at State Farm Center.

Media obligations for the Illini players were finished by just after 9:30.

Illini Basketball Report Card: vs. Evansville, Nov. 8, 2018

Player of the game:

Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu

Quick analysis: Illinois 99, Evansville 60

WHAT HAPPENED

Illinois' season opener couldn't have gone much better. The Illini pressured Evansville into a slew of turnovers, and their transition offense led the way in a 39-point victory.

WHAT IT MEANS

LIVE! Evansville

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois' defensive pressure was too much. So was its backcourt. The Illini forced 25 turnovers, five players finished in double figures and they topped Evansville 99-60 in their season opener at State Farm Center.

Aaron Jordan led Illinois with 19 points, while freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu's debut included 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

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Frazier 'the focal point' for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Trent Frazier vocalized one of his 2018-19 season goals on Monday. Now Illinois basketball coach Brad Underwood is going to hold the sophomore guard to it.

Adams fitting in at safety

CHAMPAIGN — Tony Adams started the season on the sideline, his hand in a cast. Just as the sophomore cornerback-turned-safety was starting to get into a rhythm in the Illinois secondary, he was back on the sideline with a hamstring injury suffered against Purdue on Oct. 13.

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