The Illinois women's basketball team has locked up a first-round bye and will play Nebraska on Thursday in the Big Ten tournament. So now what? Beat writer Scott Richey is more than ready to field any Illini or Big Ten questions you have. He won't mind volleyball, baseball or recruiting queries either. Put him to work.
Will the solid three-point shooting continue on Wednesday for Illinois? What's up with the 9 p.m. start? Are the Illini still in the hunt for Marcus LoVett? Do they need to win its final two regular season games to get off the NCAA tournament bubble? Ask beat writer Marcus Jackson before John Groce's team wraps up its season at State Farm Center against the Cornhuskers.
Spring ball is less than two weeks away. How does the quarterback situation look going into those practices? What about running back? Will the Illini have anyone drafted this spring? Does Beckman have a contract extension yet? Will he get one? No topic is off limits as beat writer Matt Daniels chats this Thursday morning.
Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner is well-versed on what's happening at the Class 3A boys' basketball Mahomet-Seymour Regional. Who does he see winning the five-team regional? When do All-Area teams come out? Will a small-school team make it to state in 1A or 2A? Ask him our prep sports expert in his weekly chat.
How many Big Ten teams are going to get into the NCAA tournament? Are freshmen really going to be benched by football and basketball? How much improvement can Tim Beckman's Illini make in his fourth season. Staff writer Bob Asmussen, in his 26th year at The News-Gazette, answers all your pressing questions.
Beat writer Matt Daniels is still trying to fathom the start of spring ball is only a few weeks away. What does the N-G acting sports editor think are Tim Beckman's priorities this spring? What adjustments does Wes Lunt have to make in 2015? Can the Illini go to a better bowl game next season? Can the Illini go to a bowl game at all next season?
Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner is staying plenty busy as the postseason heats up for boys' basketball. What did he think of the final state wrestling meet he'll cover? Will the Iroquois West girls' basketball win a state title this weekend? Are there any boys' basketball teams in the area capable of making a deep postseason run? Ask our expert in his weekly chat.
Will the Illini make the NCAA tournament? Will the shooting improve against Iowa? What does Aaron Cosby's departure mean for recruiting? When's the next bobblehead night? Nothing is off limits for our beat writer Marcus Jackson in his weekly chat.
The Illinois women's basketball team is moving closer to the end of its season with just two regular season games — both at home — remaining. The Illini baseball team is still unbeaten through two weekends. Volleyball is a fall sport, but that hasn't stopped Illini fans from still having plenty of questions. And recruiting is always happening.
Selection Sunday is almost here. What college basketball teams get in, according to our veteran sports writer Bob Asmussen? Which ones get left out?
What does he think of Tim Beckman's program as spring ball gets going in less than three weeks? Can the Illini play in two straight bowl games? What would that mean for the program?
What does beat writer Matt Daniels think of new co-defensive coordinator Mike Phair? What's the latest for Tim Beckman's 2016 recruiting class? When is the opening on the staff going to be filled? Feel free to ask Daniels during his weekly chat. You can submit questions ahead of time.
Are the Illini an NCAA tournament team? How's recruiting going? When will Rayvonte Rice get back in the starting lineup? Nothing is off limits as beat writer Marcus Jackson takes on an assortment of questions in his weekly chat.