Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Scott Richey's way-too-early men's basketball top 10

Today ... it's Virginia! But next season ... the Wildcats return to the top. College basketball writer and AP Top 25 voter SCOTT RICHEY has Kentucky cutting down the nets at the 2020 national championship game in Atlanta as he sees it in his way-too-early top 10 for the 2019-2020 season:

Another New York area big joining Illini

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois frontcout is going to have an even more New York/New Jersey feel come the 2019-20 season. The Illini were already going to boast rising sophomore Giorgi Bezhanishvili and incoming four-star freshman Kofi Cockburn. They made it three bigs that played their high school basketball in the Tri-state area with a Monday night commitment from Bernard Kouma.

Giorgi off the bench?

CHAMPAIGN — Projecting Illinois basketball's starting lineup for the 2019-20 season isn't an overly difficult challenge. At least as long as you're only thinking about the backcourt.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: April 7, 2019

Thirty-nine years ago today, at the 58th annual men's basketball Banquet, junior forward Eddie Johnson was named Most Valuable Player of the Illini.

Whitman, Illini remain all in on hockey

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman set a tentative initial goal of having a decision on Division I hockey at Illinois — one way or the other — by the end of 2018.

The end of the year came and passed without an answer, the timeline for such pushed back until spring.

Friday's UI roundup: Big Ten woes continue for Illini baseball

CHAMPAIGN — So much for the positive vibes from a two-game midweek sweep of Coastal Carolina.

The Illinois baseball team's struggles in Big Ten play continued Friday night, with the Illini watching a late lead slip through their fingers in a 4-2 loss to Maryland at Illinois Field.

Illini (managers) at the Final Four

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois was considered a fairly solid favorite in its Sweet 16 matchup with West Virginia. That mattered. Especially when the Twitter poll vote wound up a bit closer — a 53-47 Illini edge.

But that was more than enough. Illinois was sending a team to Minneapolis and Final Four weekend ... for the final rounds of the fourth annual Manager Games.

Future Illini big man starts slow, but finishes strong in return

QUEENS, N.Y. — Kofi Cockburn's return to Christ the King High School, his basketball home for three seasons, started slow Thursday evening.

Top of the Morning, April 4, 2019

Next year, before I fill out my NCAA tournament bracket, I'm going check in with AUSTIN BROWN.

The Danville South View fifth-grader, who turns 11 on Thursday, is better than the rest of us when it comes to picking winners.

UI's decision on drinks at games about more than just beer money

CHAMPAIGN — After $7 domestics and $8 craft brews go on sale this fall at State Farm Center and Memorial Stadium, revenue from the public beer sales is expected to top $100,000 in its first year.

But UI senior associate athletic director Marty Kaufmann said overhead costs involved with setting up the sales will lower profits, especially in Year 1.