Pop quiz: How well do you know Illini athletics?

Pop quiz: How well do you know Illini athletics?

The 2017-18 school year is winding to its conclusion — although multiple Illinois spring sports will extend past graduation. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY proctors the final exam on a year in Illini athletics:

*Scroll to the bottom for the answers*

1. True or false: The players that scored the last touchdowns in an Illinois football win are still at Illinois.
 

2. Where did Ali Bastianelli end the season among the nation's best middle blockers for total blocks?

A. 1st

B. 2nd

C. 3rd

D. 10th

 

3. Which Illini golfer played on four Big Ten championship teams like Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer?

A. Scott Langley

B. Steve Stricker

C. Luke Guthrie

D. Thomas Detry

 

4. True or false: Illinois baseball will be an NCAA tournament team.

 

5. How will Illini setter Jordyn Poulter spend her summer?

A. Huff Hall — every day

B. In China, with Chris Tamas

C. U.S. National Team gym

D. Longboarding in C-U and nothing else

 

6. How many more singles wins does Aleks Vukic need to reach Illinois' top 10 all time?

A. 1

B. 3

C. 5

D. 10

 

7. How many blocked shots does Alex Wittinger need to become the career leader in Illinois women's basketball history?

A. 73

B. 55

C. 103

D. 27

 

8. True or false: Incoming guard Andres Feliz had more assists last season at Northwest Florida State than Illinois' top two point guards combined in 2017-18,

 

9. By what margin did Jon Davis break Illinois' indoor mile record?

A. 2.33 seconds

B. 1.71 seconds

C. 5.15 seconds

D. 3.80 seconds
 

10. Which team is Illinois women's tennis chasing for the program record in wins?

A. 1981

B. 2012

C. 1995

D. 1982

 

11. How many current Illinois basketball players had fathers play in the NBA?

A. 1

B. 0

C. 3

D. 2

 

12. What class did Illinois football last land a higher ranked prospect than Isaiah Williams?

A. 2015

B. 2007

C. 1985

D. 1999

 

13. True or false: All-time scoring leader Jannelle Flaws scored more goals in a single season than the Illini have had since her departure?
 

14. Which former Illinois closer could Joey Gerber pass this spring for the program's career saves record?

A. Nick Blackburn

B. Jeff Richards

C. Tyler Jay

D. Jeff Innis

 

15. How many wins is women's basketball coach Nancy Fahey from her 800th?

A. 54

B. 22

C. 13

D. 71

 

16. True or false: Nick Allegretti has more career starts at Illinois than the rest of the Illini seniors combined.

 

17. Which quartet includes the only Illinois basketball players to make more three-pointers in a game than Trent Frazier?

A. Tracy Abrams, Demetri McCamey, Rich McBride, Cory Bradford

B. Andy Kaufmann, Trent Meacham, Dee Brown, Kevin Turner

C. Rich McBride, Andy Kaufmann, Tracy Abrams, Brandon Paul

D. Brandon Paul, Trent Meacham, Dee Brown, Kevin Turner

 

18. What record did the Illini women's golf team match in this year's Big Ten championships?

A. Best team finish

B. Lowest three-round team scoreC. Lowest single round individual score

D. Lowest single round team score

 

19. What is Illini wrestler Isaiah Martinez's career winning percentage?

A. .980

B. .954

C. .975

D. .991

 

20. What will it take for Illinois to add Division I hockey?

A. Shahid Khan’s blessing

B. Private donors

C. An arena

D. B&C

 

Answers:

1. False. Julian Jones returned an interception 10 yards for a touchdown just before halftime and Chayce Crouch rushed nine yards for another score early in the third quarter in Illinois' 20-7 victory against Western Kentucky on Sept. 9. Jones has since transferred to Georgia State, while Crouch decided his football career had reached its end.

2.  B. The AVCA third-team All-American ranked second in the country with 199 total blocks — good for third all-time in program history. She was also fourth with 1.60 blocks per set.

3. C. The Illini seniors are just the second and third golfers in program history to play on four Big Ten championship teams, which puts them in the same company as Luke Guthrie (2009-12). Hardy is also just one of four Illinois golfers to win multiple Big Ten individual championships. Guthrie (2011-12), Steve Stricker (1986, '88-89) and Richard Martin (1930-31) are the others.

4. The projections say true, with the Illini currently seen as the No. 3 seed headed to Palo Alto, Calif., in the Stanford Regional. Illinois' early work will pay dividends after splitting with Coastal Carolina and sweeping its way through the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in early March.

5. C. Another AVCA Third Team All-American, Poulter could have wound up on one of USA Volleyball's Collegiate National teams after open tryouts in early March. She wound up impressing the coaches in attendance enough to get an invitation to train with the U.S. Women's National Team in Anaheim, Calif.

6. A. The Illini senior still has the NCAA team and individual tournaments left in his college career. It's likely then that he'll break into the top 10 in career singles wins given he needs just one more to do so even after playing a more limited season this spring (13-6 so far).

7. A. The 6-foot-2 forward moved into third all-time in program history with 199 after blocking 75 shots during the 2017-18 season. Another season like that will send Wittinger past both Jenna Smith (231) and career leader Karisma Penn (271).

8. True. Feliz set the Northwest Florida State career assists record with 363 in his two seasons with the Raiders. His 207 in 2017-18 were 14 more than Trent Frazier (99) and Te'Jon Lucas (94) had combined.

9. B. The Oakwood native not only became just the 498th American ever to run a mile in less than 4 minutes, but he also set the Illinois program record and snapped a facility record at the Armory that stood for 44 years when he clocked a winning time of 3:58.46 on Jan. 27 — 1.71 seconds faster than Graham Morris' time of 4:00.17 in 2013.

10. D. At 21-5, the Illini trail only the 1982 team that went 22-16 (but winless in the Big Ten). This year's squad would need to knock off Princeton and then Texas Tech or Army West Point next week and reach the Sweet 16 to establish a new wins record.

11. D. Rising sophomore guard Da'Monte Williams and incoming freshman guard Alan Griffin are both NBA legacies. Frank Williams was a first-round pick in 2002 and played three seasons in the league, while current Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Adrian Griffin played nine seasons after going undrafted in 1996.

12. B. The four-star 2019 quarterback out of Trinity Catholic in St. Louis is ranked No. 37 nationally by Rivals. That makes him Illinois' highest ranked recruit since Ron Zook landed Arrelious Benn (No. 24) and Martez Wilson (No. 26) more than a decade ago.

13. True. Flaws, also the single-season goals leader, scored 23 in the 2013 season. Illinois has scored just 22 goals — nine in 2016 and 13 last fall — in the two years since Flaws exhausted her eligibility.

14. C. Gerber stands just four saves away from snapping Tyler Jay's record of 24, which the flamethrowing lefty set in Illinois' 50-win 2015 season. Gerber is essentially the right-handed version of Jay with a nasty fastball (clocked at 97 mph) and a wipeout slider.

15. A. The longtime coach tallied 737 wins at Washington University before taking the Illinois job. She added nine more with the Illini in 2017-18, leaving her 54 away from 800 for her career — a mark only 14 women's coaches have reached.

16. False, but it's a close thing. Allegretti has made 24 consecutive starts at guard or center, and only Mikey Dudek's 15 career starts (including nine as a true freshman) keep the rest of the senior class from being outpaced by the Illini offensive lineman.

17. D. Frazier hit seven three-pointers twice during his freshman season, going 7 of 11 both times in a 27-point performance against Iowa and his career best 32-point game against Wisconsin. Only Paul (2012), Meacham (2006), Brown (2005) and Turner (1997) made more with eight in a single game.

18. D. Illinois' runner-up finish at the Big Ten championships in Maineville, Ohio, was the best the Illini had fared in the tournament since 1976. Their final round 7-under team score, however, matched a program record set last spring, with Grace Park, Chayanid Prapassarangkul and Bing Singhsumalee leading the way all tying for eighth place overall.

19. C. The four-time Big Ten champion and All-American and two-time national champ went 116-3 in his Illinois career. While that record places him tied for ninth all-time in program history, no other former Illini wrestler can match his .975 winning percentage.

20. D. The study revealed what everyone expected — hockey would be popular at Illinois — but actually starting a program would take an initial outlay of approximately $50 million, according to Illini athletic director Josh Whitman. Having the downtown arena actually happen is key, too.