Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

First report in five years shows UI athletes making grade

URBANA — Illinois athletes maintained an overall grade point average of 3.16 last fall, and by some measures have graduation rates comparable to the broader student body, according to data supplied to the campus Academic Senate.

Tate: Tar Heels humming along without NCAA consequences

Nobody’s business,

It ain’t nobody’s business,

It ain’t nobody’s business but mine


North Carolina deserves the NCAA basketball championship.

PODCAST: SportsTalk 03-28-17

PODCAST: SportsTalk 03-28-17: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Tom Ackerman.

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Underwood aide staying a Cowboy

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Mike Boynton knows he has a rare opportunity for a young man, yet he feels his age doesn't matter.

Oklahoma State's new men's basketball coach was promoted from an assistant position last week after Brad Underwood left for Illinois.

At age 35, he feels ready and believes it was a matter of time before he'd get a chance to run a program.

Tate: Pondering a longer Self-UI tryst

You can't be impartial. You either love Bill Self for what he accomplished at Illinois — two Big Ten co-titles and the acquisition of Dee, Deron and Augie — or you hate him because he left.

And you have a right to ponder what might have transpired here with Self running the basketball show. A national championship? More time in the penalty box? Or somewhere in between?

PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 03-27-17

PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 03-27-17: Play now!

Tonight's guests: Illini women's basketball new head coach Nancy Fahey and WDWS sportscaster Steve Kelly.

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03-27-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks

03-27-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks: Play now!

03-27-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks.  Jim Turpin and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks. Topic include the Final Four.  New coaches at Illinois.

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March 30 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 2:00pm

What's next for Brad Underwood and Nancy Fahey? How is Lovie Smith's program faring after spring practice ended a few weeks ago? What area high schools could contend for state titles this spring? Anything is fair game as sports editor Matt Daniels takes your questions at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

March 29 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

The offseason is in full effect for Illinois. What has Brad Underwood been up to in his first full week on the job? When does Mark Smith commit? How does Illinois stand with Jeremiah Tilmon and the other Class of 2017 signees? Can Trent Frazier start next season? Beat writer Scott Richey is ready to handle any and all of your questions in his 1 p.m.

And then there were four: Final Four capsules

This is the Final Four everyone expected, right? In case it wasn’t, college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY has four things to know about each of the last four teams standing in the NCAA men’s tournament:

 

Gonzaga (36-1)