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Making sense of March Madness: What stood out on Thursday?

College basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY spent his entire day watching the NCAA tournament. Here are four noteworthy items that caught his eye — don't sleep on the Ohio Valley Conference — from the first day of the NCAA tournament:

Making sense of March Madness: What stood out on Thursday?
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Next for Illini: Offseason additions

Next for Illini: Offseason additions

Grad transfers, spring signing period, juco talent offer Illini plenty of options

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Tate | For Illini to challenge Big Ten's best, they need more help

Tate | For Illini to challenge Big Ten's best, they need more help

Down the stretch in its final five games, Illinois men's basketball's strength became its downfall.

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Focus shifts to future after season-ending loss

Focus shifts to future after season-ending loss

Illini laid cultural foundation in 2018-19

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Mon, 03/18/2019 - 1:41pm

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Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:49pm

The day's NCAA guide: Be on upset alert when it comes to these games

The day's NCAA guide: Be on upset alert when it comes to these games

College basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY is back with four more first-round games he's keeping an eye on today (beware the Anteaters, Bruce Weber): 


Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:00am

Parker vying to leave own mark after becoming national title contender

Parker vying to leave own mark after becoming national title contender

Emery Parker's successful Illinois wrestling career basically started by chance.


Mon, 03/18/2019 - 2:25pm

Next for Illini: Offseason additions

Next for Illini: Offseason additions

Grad transfers, spring signing period, juco talent offer Illini plenty of options


Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:00am

Asmussen | For my bracket, Big Blue Nation leads the way

Asmussen | For my bracket, Big Blue Nation leads the way

Columnist Bob Asmussen is picking Kentucky, not the Big Ten, to win it all this year.


Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:00am

Six Illini set for NCAA wrestling championships

Six Illini set for NCAA wrestling championships

Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY caught up with the six Illini bound for first-round bouts at the NCAA wrestling championships before they left Champaign for Pittsburgh.


Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:00am

The day's NCAA guide: Sit back, relax and embrace the ensuing Madness

The day's NCAA guide: Sit back, relax and embrace the ensuing Madness

That's what college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY will do today. Before your bracket is busted, here are his four first-round games to watch today.


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    2018 Football Schedule

    Sep. 1 Illinois vs. Kent State W 31 - 24
    Sep. 8 Illinois vs. Western Illinois W 34 - 14
    Sep. 15 Illinois vs. South Florida L 19 - 25
    Sep. 21 Illinois vs. Penn State L 24 - 63
    Oct. 6 Illinois at Rutgers W 38 - 17
    Oct. 13 Illinois Homecoming vs. Purdue L 7 - 46
    Oct. 20 Illinois vs. Wisconsin L 20 - 49
    Oct. 27 Illinois at Maryland L 33 - 63
    Nov. 3 Illinois vs. Minnesota W 55 - 31
    Nov. 10 Illinois at Nebraska L 35 - 54
    Nov. 17 Illinois vs. Iowa L 0 - 63
    Nov. 24 Illinois at Northwestern L 16 - 24

     

    Basketball Schedule

    Nov. 2 Illinois vs. Illinois Wesleyan W 83 - 67
    Nov. 8 Illinois vs. Evansville W 99 - 60
    Nov. 13 Illinois vs. Georgetown L 80 - 88
    Nov. 19 Illinois vs. Gonzaga L 78 - 84
    Nov. 20 Illinois vs. Arizona/Iowa State L 68 - 84
    Nov. 21 Illinois vs. Xavier L 74 - 83
    Nov. 25 Illinois vs. Mississippi Valley State W 86 - 67
    Nov. 27 Illinois vs. Notre Dame L 74 - 76
    Dec. 2 Illinois vs. Nebraska L 60 - 75
    Dec. 5 Illinois vs. Ohio State L 67 - 77
    Dec. 8 Illinois vs. UNLV W 77 - 74
    Dec. 15 Illinois vs. East Tennessee State W 73 - 55
    Dec. 22 Illinois vs. Missouri, St. Louis L 63 - 79
    Dec. 29 Illinois vs. Florida Atlantic L 71 - 73
    Jan. 3 Illinois vs. Indiana L 65 - 73
    Jan. 6 Illinois vs. Northwestern L 66 - 68
    Jan. 10 Illinois vs. Michigan L 69 - 79
    Jan. 16 Illinois vs. Minnesota W 95 - 68
    Jan. 20 Illinois vs. Iowa L 71 - 95
    Jan. 23 Illinois vs. Wisconsin L 60 - 72
    Jan. 26 Illinois vs. Maryland W 78 - 67
    Jan. 30 Illinois vs. Minnesota L 75 - 86
    Feb. 2 Illinois vs. Nebraska W 71 - 64
    Feb. 5 Illinois vs. Michigan State W 79 - 74
    Feb. 9 Illinois vs. Rutgers W 99 - 94
    Feb. 14 Illinois vs. Ohio State W 63 - 56
    Feb. 18 Illinois vs Wisconsin L 58 - 64
    Feb. 23 Illinois vs. Penn State L 76 - 83
    Feb. 27 Illinois vs. Purdue L 56 - 73
    Mar. 3 Illinois vs. Northwestern W 81 - 76
    Mar. 7 Illinois vs. Indiana L 74 - 92
    Mar. 10 Illinois vs. Penn State L 56 - 72
    Mar. 13 Illinois vs. Northwestern W 74 - 69
    Mar. 14 Illinois vs. Iowa L 62 - 83