Baylor (5-0) vs. Illinois (5-0) — 9:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

SportsTalk 11-28-14

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Scott Beatty and Tim Ditman guest host, chatting with Steve Kelly (who's with the Illini men's basketball team in Vegas), Illini volleyball head coach Kevin Hambly, and Brian Moline (who's north with the Illini football team).


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Illini scrapbook: That magical '83 season

Listen to Mike White as he explains how Illinois pulled off a 9-0 Big Ten run and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Get it right: They're athlete-students

Baylor's men's basketball team is getting ready to play Illinois on Friday night in the title game of the Las Vegas Invitational. Michigan's football team is preparing for its Saturday showdown against Ohio State.

Final exams are fast approaching. What are college student-athletes studying more: their playbooks or their schoolbooks?

Chat from Las Vegas at 2 p.m.

Beat writer Marcus Jackson is in his Las Vegas hotel room prepping for tonight's title game between the Illini and Baylor. Ask him who's going to win or anything else on your mind while you're waiting in line for the 50-inch TV.

Chat starts at 2 C-U time but submit questions early.

Big weekend for Illini

Tim Beckman stated earlier this week it's vital for Illinois to play better on the road on Saturday. 

No kidding. 

The Illini are 0-4 away from Memorial Stadium this season.

Another performance like ones they've had at Washington, Nebraska, Wisconsin or Ohio State, and a 5-7 season will transpire. 

IHSA's Hickman: 'They're all going to be a bunch of fun'

Last year’s IHSA state football championships at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb marked the first time since 1998 the title games hadn’t been played in Champaign. They’re back at Memorial Stadium today and Saturday as the alternating-host schedule returns to Champaign.

Asmussen: Welcome back to C-U, football contenders

Prep football’s state title contenders should be glad to visit Champaign-Urbana for more than a shot at glory. Bob Asmussen lists some of the reasons why:

Welcome back, state title contenders. We missed you. And you missed us.

Champaign Central loses controversial heartbreaker

WASHINGTON — The question about last-second shots in basketball is usually if the attempt beat the buzzer.

There was no doubt about Jamal Stovall’s Thanksgiving Night shot. The clock was stopped with seven-tenths of a second left after what his Champaign Central teammates thought was the game-winning basket.

Big Ten football roundup: Illinois vs. N'western for all the marbles


Each week, we’ll gauge Tim Beckman’s promise of turning Illinois football into a consistent winner: