Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Top of the Morning, Aug. 17, 2017

Listen to the coach sing here.

It's BRAD UNDERWOOD's turn to mingle with the Wrigley Field set today.

PODCAST: SportsTalk 8-16-17

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Scott Beatty and Marcus Jackson talk with Illini PA announcer Tim Sinclair (@timjsinclair) and with Central Maroons football head coach Nate Albaugh (@nate_albaugh).

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Breaking down the Illini's schedule

Wednesday marked the release of Illinois’ full 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down new Illini coach Brad Underwood’s first slate of games:

Nov. 10    vs. Southern*    Last double-digit scorer left for Jaguars is Jared Sam

Tatelines: Forecasting Year 1 under Brad Underwood

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Three men's basketball coaches at the UI have won Big Ten titles in their first year: Doug Mills (1937), Bill Self (2001) and Bruce Weber (2004). Will Brad Underwood enjoy the same kind of success? In this week's 29-minute podcast, 51-year columnist Loren Tate weighs in on that as well as Underwood's recruiting efforts, scheduling and next season's starting five.

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'A real solid freshman player'

Loren Tate's starting lineup for the 2017-18 season includes freshman Mark Smith, named the state's best player by The News-Gazette after a banner finishing season at Edwardsville High.

But don't expect too much out of Brad Underwood's marquee recruit.

PODCAST: SportsTalk 8-15-17

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Scott Beatty and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Patrick Mooney.

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Aug. 17 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 2:00pm

When does the IlliniHQ football yearbook previewing the 2017 season come out? What about the high school football preview special section? Will Year 2 for Lovie Smith involve a bowl game? Can Brad Underwood land a solid 2018 recruiting class on top of getting the Illini back to the NCAA tournament? What other Illinois teams and high school sports teams are ones to keep an eye on this fall?

Aug. 16 Illinois basketball & football chat

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:30pm

Beat writer Scott Richey is busy covering both Lovie Smith's program and Brad Underwood's program, along with other Illini athletics. What has he seen so far from Illinois football training camp? Can the Illini possibly make a bowl game this year? When will Underwood get his next men's basketball commit? When does the full schedule come out?

UI makes logo change official

The University of Illinois announced today that it will return to a single logo — the orange block "I" still used by Illinois athletics — as it moves to unify its branding.