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Jan. 18 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:30pm

Is it NCAA tournament, NIT, CBI or no postseason for the Illini this season? What was the mood like inside State Farm Center during Saturday's loss to Maryland? How does this season affect the 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes? What's up with Tracy Abrams? Ditto for Mike Thorne? Beat writer Scott Richey is all ears for any questions and will answer them all during his 12:30 p.m.

Jan. 19 prep sports chat

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:30pm

How is the Vermilion County Tournament going? What wrestlers are primed to make a run to state? What's going on with Urbana girls' basketball? Anything is fair game in preps coordinator Anthony Zilis' weekly chat, which gets underway at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.

Jan. 19 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 2:00pm

How hot is John Groce's seat? How is Lovie Smith's first recruiting class coming together in the final weeks? What happens first: Illinois makes the NCAA tournament or Illinois makes a bowl game? What teams and players are standing out on the high school sports scene this winter? Sports editor Matt Daniels is taking your questions at 2 p.m.

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Jan. 16 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 10:00am

Is Lovie Smith lining up a Top 30 recruiting class? Who will be the next player to commit? Which teams have the best shot at the playoffs next season? For the answer to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime college football writer.

Jan. 12 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 1:30pm

How is Lovie Smith's first recruiting class shaping up? What does the final two months of the regular season look like for Illinois basketball? Will the Illini find themselves among the 68 teams in the NCAA tournament field come March? How good is the area boys' and girls' basketball scenes this winter?

Jan. 12 prep sports chat

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 12:30pm

Can Centennial boys' basketball keep it rolling after its win against Champaign Central? How about Fisher boys' basketball beating Ridgeview, the top-ranked team in Class 1A? Are any area girls' basketball teams a legit contender to reach Redbird Arena in late February? What area wrestlers and boys swimmers are standing out?

Jan. 11 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 12:30pm

Can the Illini respond with a better start and a better ending on Wednesday night against Michigan? When will Illinois ever win again at Indiana? How are Jeremiah Tilmon, Javon Pickett and Trent Frazier faring in their senior year of high school? What's the latest with Mark Smith's recruitment? Any hope Illinois beats Michigan and Maryland this week?

Jan. 9 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 10:00am

Who will win the Alabama-Clemson game? How will P.J. Fleck do at Minnesota? When will Lovie Smith land another commitment? For the answers to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with out longtime college football writer.

Jan. 5 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 2:00pm

How is recruiting going for Lovie Smith's Illini? What about John Groce's program? Do the Illini have a chance to win at Indiana this Saturday? What is Loren Tate going to write about next? How is the local high school sports scene this winter? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which kicks off at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Jan. 5 prep sports chat

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 12:30pm

Can Brandon Trimble score 50-plus points every night out for the St. Joseph-Ogden boys' basketball team? Who wins this Friday night's boys' basketball game between Centennial and Central? Will the Monticello girls' basketball team hold onto the top spot in The News-Gazette's rankings next week? What area wrestlers and boys' swimmers are having stellar season?

Jan. 4 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 12:30pm

Can Illinois win this Saturday at Indiana? How good is Malcolm Hill? What will Mark Smith decide now that the Edwardsville guard has an offer from John Groce? Is this team bound for the NCAA tournament or the NIT? Beat writer Scott Richey is answering any and all inquiries in his weekly chat, which tips off at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.

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