Buchanan: 'I dreamed for this opportunity'

Hugh Thornton arrived at Illinois a three-star recruit from Oberlin (Ohio) High School.

Michael Buchanan arrived with a bit more hype as a four-star high school prospect coming out of Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) High School.

The two signees from the Class of 2009 could hear their names called during the 2013 NFL Draft, which takes place April 25-27.

Allegretti chooses Illinois

Heading into Monday, the Illinois football team did not have any verbal commitments from any players in the Class of 2014.

By late Monday night, the number had increased to two.

Odenigbo first Class of 2014 commit

The Illinois football team received a verbal commitment from Tito Odenigbo on Monday night.

Odenigbo is a junior defensive end from Centerville (Ohio) High School and is the first Class of 2014 player to commit to Illinois coach Tim Beckman.

Weekend Wrap — Morgan produces in big way

Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's games. While the season has ended for Illinois recruits Austin Colbert and Malcolm Hill, along with several other targets in the Classes of 2014 and 2015, the season continues on for a select few. 

Tate: It's simple - Illini need talent

Illini must be a player for state’s junior gems

An incredible, 29-point performance by Jabari Parker — great players respond to primetime situations — overwhelmed everything else that happened at Argo this past week.

LIVE! from Columbus

No. 14 Ohio State 68, Illinois 55 — Final

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas, playing perhaps his final home game for No. 14 Ohio State, scored 19 points Sunday to lead the Buckeyes over Illinois 68-55 and keep alive their Big Ten title hopes.

Target these games

The high school boys basketball season is nearing an end. For some Illinois recruits and targets, it already has. For others, the postseason march continues on.

Here’s a brief look at where some key names when it comes to the future of John Groce’s program are lacing up their basketball shoes for at least one more time.

(All times listed are Central Standard Time)

Let the Class of 2015 speculation begin

Much of the current attention revolving around the Illinois men’s basketball team is what seed John Groce and his squad will receive in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament.

Rightly so.

Bridge's departure raises recruiting questions

Jim Bridge brought a sterling recruiting reputation with him to Illinois.

Now, that pedigree will go somewhere else.

Bridge, hired Jan. 23 as the offensive line coach at Illinois, reportedly took the same job at Purdue on Tuesday, the same day spring practices started at Illinois.  

LIVE! at Carver-Hawkeye

Iowa 63, Illinois 55 — Final

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Devyn Marble scored 21 points and Iowa beat Illinois 63-55 on Tuesday night for its fifth win in seven games.

Josh Oglesby added 10 for the surging Hawkeyes (19-11, 8-9 Big Ten). They tied a school record with 12 blocked shots, including six from Gabe Olaseni off the bench.