The Illinois basketball season is days away, with the Illini taking on Wash U. on Sunday at State Farm Center — the fourth of four events as the newly-renovated arena debuts as a finished product (probably like 99.7 percent) for the first time.
This is it. Area high school athletes are in the thick of postseason action. Soccer is wrapping up, cross country and volleyball are underway and the football playoffs start Friday or Saturday. Which teams are in the hunt for postseason hardware? How about some individual athletes that might bring home a medal?
Illinois football hitting the home stretch. The fall high school sports season hitting a postseason fever pitch. Illini basketball getting underway. And plenty of local interest in the World Series what with the Chicago Cubs making it for the first time in seven decades. Busy days ahead for The News-Gazette sports staff. So what questions do you have for sports editor Matt Daniels?
How did the Illini look against Michigan? Will the team be able to defend its home field against Minnesota? What is going on at quarterback?
For the answers to these questions, or anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime college football writer.
What area high school football teams are already in the playoffs? What ones need wins this Friday night? Will Urbana or Champaign Central boys' soccer win a regional title on Saturday? What cross country teams are capable of making some noise this postseason? How good is Urbana Uni High swimmer Ema Rajic? Nothing is off limits as preps coordinator Anthony Zilis chats at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Can Illinois pull off the improbable and win at Michigan this Saturday? Who gets the start at quarterback? When is the first exhibition game for John Groce's program? What area high school football teams could make a run to the state title game? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which will start at noon on Thursday.
Practices are more than two weeks in for John Groce's program. How is Jalen Coleman-Lands progressing? Will he be ready in time for the season opener? What can we expect out of Mike Thorne Jr. and Tracy Abrams this season? What nonconference games will be the most difficult? And what about Kevin Hambly's Illini volleyball team? Where's their place among the best conference in the country?
How did did the Illinois football team look at Rutgers? Does it have a chance at Michigan? Is Lovie Smith's staff having success in recruiting? For the answers to these questions and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime college football writer.
Will the Illinois football team get back on track this weekend at Rutgers, who's coming off a 78-0 thumping by Ohio State? Or does the losing streak hit five games? What does Dee Brown's resignation mean for the Illinois basketball program? Which high school football game should you seek out Friday night?
The area prep sports scene is about to be knee deep in postseason action. State golf is this weekend, and there might be several area golfers contending for all-state honors or an outright state title. Then there's girls' tennis, boys' soccer, cross country and volleyball. Of course, there's also two weeks left in the regular season for football.
Beat writer Scott Richey is back at it again this week, taking all your Illinois basketball and volleyball questions. Maybe you wonder what Dee Brown's departure means for the Illini hoops squad. Or what the first week of official practice meant for John Groce's squad.