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Feb. 22 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:30pm

What seed with the Illini get at the Big Ten tournament? How is John Groce dealing with all the outside noise regarding his future? How is Illinois recruiting target Mark Smith faring down the stretch for Edwardsville? Will Illinois win on Sunday at Nebraska? Anything is fair game as beat writer Scott Richey answers your questions in his weekly 12:30 p.m. chat on Wednesday.

Feb. 23 prep sports chat

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

How impressive was the area wrestling scene this winter? What boys' basketball teams could go on a run to Peoria? How surprising it is that no girls' basketball team won a sectional title? What boys' swimmers have a chance to win a state title this weekend? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis will take your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but feel free to send him some ahead of time.

Feb. 23 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 2:00pm

Will Illinois basketball have any games beyond the Big Ten tournament? How is Lovie Smith's program faring through several spring practices? What area high school boys' basketball teams might make a run to Peoria? When do The News-Gazette All-Area teams for winter sports come out?

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Feb. 20 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:00am

How did the first week of spring practice go for Lovie Smith's team? What does Donnie Abraham bring to the defense? What is the biggest area of concern? For the answers to these questions, any anthing else on your mind, check in with our longtime college football writer.

Feb. 16 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 2:00pm

How is spring football practice going for the Illini? What needs does Lovie Smith and his staff need to address in the Class of 2018? How hot is John Groce's seat? What area wrestlers might win state titles this weekend at State Farm Center? Sports editor Matt Daniels answers any and all questions in his weekly chat, which kicks off at 2 p.m. Thursday, but feel free to ask ahead of time.

Feb. 16 prep sports chat

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:00am

What area wrestlers could leave State Farm Center on Saturday night with a state title? How many area small-school girls' basketball teams could win a sectional title this week? What about any of the big schools as they begin regional play? Who are some candidates for The News-Gazette's winter athletes of the year? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis takes your questions at 11 a.m.

Feb. 15 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 12:30pm

Where does the Illinois season go from here after Saturday's disappointing home loss to Penn State? How close is Mark Smith to a decision? Will it matter in Smith's recruitment if John Groce isn't the Illinois coach next season? Is there any chance Illinois closes the regular season with three or four wins?

Feb. 13 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:00am

Who will replace Tim McGarigle as Illinois linebackers coach? What are the most pressing needs for the team as it starts spring practice? Is Lovie Smith done adding new players? For the answer to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our veteran college football writer.

Feb. 10 prep sports chat

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:30pm

What area girls' basketball teams can make a run to Redbird Arena? What's the best high school boys' basketball game in the area tonight? What wrestlers are legit state title contenders? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis answers your questions during his 12:30 p.m. chat on Friday.

Feb. 9 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 3:00pm

What Illinois football players will catch Lovie Smith's eye with spring practice less than a week away? How did Smith and his staff fare when compiling the 2017 recruiting class? What's the latest with John Groce? What area high schools might win a state title in the next month? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which kicks off at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Feb. 8 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:30pm

Who will coach Illinois next season? Will the Illini finally win at home on Saturday against Penn State? Where does Mark Smith's recruitment stand? What happened on Tuesday night at Northwestern? Beat writer Scott Richey is here for all the answers to your questions in his weekly chat, which tips off at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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