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Lunardi: Illini's NCAA chances 'a long shot'

ESPN bracketologist doesn't yet have Illinois on NCAA tournament bubble

Lunardi: Illini's NCAA chances 'a long shot'
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‘Every team ... wants to play in the NCAA tournament. We desperately want to play in that.’

‘Every team ... wants to play in the NCAA tournament. We desperately want to play in that.’

These rare ’Birds hang their hat on defense, and it may help them roost in the NCAA tourney.

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Sunday Conversation: Matt Bollant

Sunday Conversation: Matt Bollant

The wins haven’t happened at the pace Illinois women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant would have liked to have seen since he took the job back in March 2012. Sports editor MATT DANIELS caught up with Bollant to talk about that fact after the Illini ended the regular season on Saturday with a 74-60 loss to Indiana at State Farm Center, the Illini’s 11th straight loss, his interactions with Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman, the 2017 class he’s signed and more:

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Jones: Mascot issue not a priority right now

Jones: Mascot issue not a priority right now

'This is an important issue, but in the overall scheme of things that I have to contend with to ensure the future excellence and vitality of this university, it's lower on my list,' he said.

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Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:29pm

Tate: Illini find themselves in range of NCAA tournament

Tate: Illini find themselves in range of NCAA tournament

John Groce’s surging Illini have become a central figure in the February craziness of Big Ten basketball.


Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:39pm

Defensive intensity keys three-game winning streak

Defensive intensity keys three-game winning streak

Little has changed about the overall system and schemes Illinois has run this season. Yet the Illini are now riding a three-game winning streak into their regular season home finale Wednesday after beating Nebraska 73-57 on Sunday night in front of a near-capacity Pinnacle Bank Arena crowd. 


Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:33pm

Illini notes: Abrams finds the range; Hill continues moving up the Illini’s career scoring chart

Illini notes: Abrams finds the range; Hill continues moving up the Illini’s career scoring chart

Tracy Abrams almost couldn’t miss from three-point range at the beginning of the season. Illinois’ sixth-year guard finished the nonconference portion of the schedule 29 of 49 from deep, connecting at a 59 percent clip.


Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:36pm

Illini grades vs. Nebraska: Abrams gets hot

Illini grades vs. Nebraska: Abrams gets hot

Beat writer Scott Richey hands out his report card after the Illini's win over Nebraska on Sunday.


Sun, 02/26/2017 - 8:35pm

LIVE! Nebraska

LIVE! Nebraska

Illinois wins its third straight behind solid defense and potent offense


Sat, 02/25/2017 - 11:04pm

Tate: Groce not only one under fire

Tate: Groce not only one under fire

Coaches under fire have two choices: (1) Wear blinders and pretend through non-recognition that it isn’t happening or (2) Face it openly.


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    2016 Football Schedule

    Sept. 3, vs. Murray State, W 52-3 | Game Story | Tate Column
    Sept. 10, vs. North Carolina, L 23-48 | Game Story | Tate Column
    Sept. 17, vs. Western Michigan, L 10-34 Game Story | Tate Column
    Oct. 1, at Nebraska, L 16-31 Game Story | Tate Column
    Oct. 8, vs. Purdue, L 34-31  Game Story | Tate Column
    Oct. 15, at Rutgers, W 24-7  Game Story | Tate Column
    Oct. 22, at Michigan, L 41-8  Game Story | Tate Column
    Oct. 29, vs. Minnesota, L 17-40  Game Story | Tate Column
    Nov. 5, vs. Michigan State, W 31-27  | Game Story | Tate Column
    Nov. 12, at Wisconsin, L 3-48  | Game Story | Tate Column
    Nov. 19, vs. Iowa, L 0-28  | Game Story | Tate Column
    Nov. 26, at Northwestern, L 21-42 | Game Story | Tate Column

     

    Basketball Schedule

    Oct. 30 Illinois vs. Washington U,(exh.), W 82-75
    Nov. 4 Illinois vs. Lewis, (exh.), 7 p.m. W 95-51
    Nov. 11 Illinois vs. South East Missouri State, 8 p.m. W 81-62
    Nov. 13 Illinois vs. Northern Kentucky, 5 p.m. W 79-64
    Nov. 15 Illinois vs. McKendree, 7 p.m. W 112-65
    Nov. 18 Illinois vs. Detroit, 7 p.m. W 89-69
    Nov. 21 Illinois vs. Winthrop, 7 p.m. L 84-80
    Nov. 24 Illinois vs. West Virginia, 1:30 p.m.* L 57-89
    Nov. 25 Illinois vs. Florida St or Temple, 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. L 72-61
    Nov. 29 Illinois vs. North Carolina State, 8 p.m. W 87-74
    Dec. 3 Illinois vs. VCU, 2 p.m. W 64-46
    Dec. 6 Illinois vs. IUPUI, 7 p.m. W 85-77
    Dec. 10 Illinois vs. Central Michigan, 2 p.m. W 92-73
    Dec. 17 Illinois vs. BYU, 8:30 p.m.^ W 75-73
    Dec. 21 Illinois vs. Missouri, 6 p.m. W 75-66
    Dec. 27 Illinois at Maryland, 4 p.m. L 59-84
    Jan. 1 Illinois vs. Ohio State, 6 p.m. W 75-70
    Jan. 7 Illinois at Indiana, 4 p.m. L 80-96
    Jan. 11 Illinois vs. Michigan, 8 p.m. W 85-69
    Jan. 14 Illinois vs. Maryland, 5 p.m. L 56-62
    Jan. 17 Illinois at Purdue, 6 p.m. L 68-91
    Jan. 21 Illinois at Michigan, 1:15 p.m. L 57-66
    Jan. 25 Illinois vs. Iowa, 8 p.m. W 76-64
    Jan. 28 Illinois at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. L 67-71
    Jan. 31 Illinois vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m. L 43-57
    Feb. 4 Illinois vs. Minnesota, 3 p.m. L 59-68
    Feb. 7 Illinois at Northwestern, 7 p.m. W 68-61
    Feb. 11 Illinois vs. Penn State, 1 p.m. L 70-83
    Feb. 18 Illinois at Iowa, 1 p.m. W 70-66
    Feb. 21 Illinois vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m. W 66-50
    Feb. 26 Illinois at Nebraska, 6:30 p.m. W 73-57
    March. 1 Illinois vs. Michigan State, 8 p.m.
    March. 4 Illinois at Rutgers, 11 a.m.
    *at Brooklyn
    +at Miami
    ^at Chicago
    #at St. Louis