Beginning last Thursday, when John Groce’s basketball team defeated Michigan in overtime, Illini sports teams won 16 events through Monday’s success in the Big Ten Golf Match Play Championships.
BEAUMONT, Texas — Illinois recorded 15 hits in a dominating 8-1 performance over Lamar on Saturday in the Lamar Cardinal Classic to remain perfect on the season.
Reid Roper led the charge with three hits, three RBI and one run. Will Krug finished with three hits as well.
Roper and Krug were among nine Illini to record a hit.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ C.J. Maestas and Bobby Baker earned Big Ten weekly honors for the second consecutive week Monday. Maestas was named Co-Gymnast of the Week along with Michigan State’s Stacey Ervin, while Baker claimed another Freshman of the Week honor.
A “level playing field” was always a myth.
It became even more so last month when the Power-5 conferences voted to allow athletic scholarships up to “cost of attendance,” resulting in additional stipends for full-scholarship athletes at numbers varying, within the Big Ten, from about $1,900 at Purdue to around $5,700 at Penn State.
What’s fair about that?
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois junior lefthander Tyler Jay earned his third preseason All-American honor Monday after being named a Baseball America Third Team All-American. The Illini closer was previously honored by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game coming of his stellar sophomore season and summer with the USA Collegiate National Team.
CHAMPAIGN — The fourth-ranked Illinois men’s gymnastics team started its home slate with an impressive win against Minnesota on Saturday at Huff Hall.
The Illini topped the Golden Gophers after compiling a score of 435.200 compared with 419.800 for Minnesota.
PLACIDA, Fla. — The Illinois men’s golf team swept the morning four-ball matches and won five of six singles matches, defeating Illinois State 8-1 on Saturday at the 12th annual Tinervin Cup.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Stan Wawrinka began defense of his Australian Open title with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win against Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan.
Wawrinka was barely tested against the 100th-ranked Ilhan, striking 34 winners and saving the only two break points he faced.