CHAMPAIGN — When the Ubben Basketball Complex opened in 1998, Illinois’ practice facility was the talk of college basketball.
First-year Illinois coach John Groce was an assistant at North Carolina State at the time and was aware of what was happening in Champaign.
No. 7 Michigan 71, Illinois 58 — FINAL
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Trey Burke scored a game-high 26 points and dished out eight assists in leading No. 7 Michigan to a 71-58 win against Illinois on SUnday at the Crisler Center.
It was the first loss in three weeks for the Illini (20-9, 7-8 Big Ten), who saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.
By JEFF HUTH
Setter McKenna Kelsay, who guided Wheaton St. Francis to a state volleyball title last fall, has orally committed to Illinois.
The 5-foot-8 senior announced her decision this week on Twitter.
“She’s the real deal,” St. Francis coach Peg Kopec said Friday. “She’s a very athletic, talented girl. Very competitive.”
Illinois 64, Penn State 59 — Final
CHAMPAIGN — D.J. Richardson had 18 points and hit a pair of key free throws late in Illinois' ugly 64-59 win against Penn State.
The win was the fifth straight for Illinois (20-8, 7-7 Big Ten). But facing a team that hadn't won since late December, it didn't come easy.
For the third straight year, an Illinois men's basketball recruit will not play in the McDonald's All-American game.
The prestigious high school boys basketball game will take place at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at Chicago's United Center. The game will be televised on ESPN.
The 15 wins the Illinois women's basketball team has compiled this year is four more than last year.
And Illinois still has four regular season games to go under first-year head coach Matt Bollant before the Big Ten Tournament arrives March 7-10 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois football team made an appearance at Monday’s game. A majority of players sat behind the bleachers closest to the Wisconsin bench wearing their navy blue jersey tops in the first half.