Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Tate's family: 'Trying time for Jaylon'

URBANA — Arisa Johnson got the call that she said flipped her family’s world upside down at 4 a.m.

On the phone that March morning was Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce. What he told her, that her son, Illini point guard Jaylon Tate, had been arrested for allegedly punching a woman in the face, has become “a nightmare” for Johnson and her family.

Tate: Flyin Illini, come on down

Hear from Mark Coomes Saturday at 9:10 on WDWS.

The Flyin’ Illini season of 1989 marked the culmination of a decade in which the UI was established as one of the nation’s top-10 basketball programs.

PODCAST: Sports Talk 4-27-16

PODCAST: Sports Talk 4-27-16: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson listen to Illini football coach Lovie Smith, and they talk with Brad Sturdy from Orange and Blue News and with David Schuster from 670 The Score.


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Illinois targets another Canadian in '17 class

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario — Illinois’ attempt to establish a recruiting base in Canada during John Groce’s tenure has yet to yield a commitment. Those recruiting misses, however, haven't stopped the Illini's pursuit.

April 28 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 2:00pm

Spring football has wrapped up, but recruiting will heat up for Lovie Smith. What are the Illini's biggest needs in the Class of 2017? Any updates on Leron Black, Jaylon Tate or Kendrick Nunn's status with the Illini? Did Cody Sedlock throw too many pitches last Friday night against Ohio State? Any question is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which tips off at 2 p.m.

Richey on Roundball, April 27, 2016

Charlie Moore is back on the Illini radar. So says college basketball beat writer Scott Richey, who also weighs in on two other recruiting targets: Jeremiah Tilmon and Jordan Goodwin. Note: Richey’s weekly chat is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Moore back in the picture

CHICAGO — Illinois has been after an infusion of talent at point guard the past three seasons.

Florida forward nets Illini offer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Class of 2017 in the state of Illinois is strong, and John Groce and Co. are trying to take advantage with multiple scholarship offers out to the state’s top players.

PODCAST: SportsTalk 04-26-16

PODCAST: SportsTalk 04-26-16: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk. Fighting Illini golf coach Mike Small joins in studio.


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AAU roundup: Bowen, Goodwin shine over weekend

The Indianapolis area was a busy place over the weekend with the Nike EYBL and
Under Armour Association playing in separate suburbs, while another weekend of adidas Uprising Gauntlet play was happening outside Atlanta. Plenty of Illini recruiting targets took part. Here’s five who stood out: