Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Five-star forward keeps Illini in mix

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois lost out on one Class of 2017 wing Friday when Belleville Althoff’s Jordan Goodwin committed to Saint Louis. The Illini stayed in the mix for another Sunday when five-star small forward Kris Wilkes named Illinois in his top five.

Sunday Conversation: Sam Maniscalco

Four years after his collegiate career ended with a one-year run at Illinois, Sam Maniscalco was back on the competitive basketball circuit last month. He played in The Basketball Tournament, a $2 million, winner-takes-all competition broadcast on ESPN.

Aug. 17 Illinois basketball & volleyball chat

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 12:30pm

It's that time of year. The 2016-17 Illinois basketball season is less than three months from tipping off, and in the meantime, the Illini volleyball team is just a week-plus away from the start of its own season. Beat writer Scott Richey is ready for your questions about both John Groce and Kevin Hambly's programs. Like ... What do Groce and Co.

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 08-13-16

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 08-13-16: Play now!

Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Adam Rittenberg, J Leman, UI Men's Gymnastics Coach Justin Spring, and Frank Cusumano.

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PODCAST: Sports Talk 8-12-16

PODCAST: Sports Talk 8-12-16: Play now!

Guest host Scott Beatty and Tim Ditman talk with News-Gazette basketball beat writer Scott Richey, they listen to Illini football coach Lovie Smith and to offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, and they talk with Illini men's gymnastic coach Justin Spring and with News-Gazette high school sports beat writer Anthony Zillis.

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Goodwin picks SLU

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois pursued Jordan Goodwin as hard as any Class of 2017 prospect this spring and summer after being the first program to offer the Belleville Althoff guard in April 2015. Goodwin named the Illini the leader in his recruitment at one point and followed that up by naming them in his top seven teams released July 26.

PODCAST: Sports Talk 8-10-16

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Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson listen to Illini AD Josh Whitman, and they talk with Derek Piper from Illini Inquirer.

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Richey on Roundball, Aug. 10, 2016

Has your Twitter feed been busier than normal this week? There's a reason, says basketball beat writer Scott Richey. Need more: Ask Richey a question during his weekly online chat by clicking here

Illini men's basketball recruiting update

Class of 2017 prospect and Illinois recruiting target Terrence Lewis committed to Iowa State early Tuesday evening. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down the recruiting landscape post-Lewis:

Aug. 11 Ask the the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 2:00pm

Why is Jimmy Fitzgerald leaving Illinois? What are the big takeaways from the first week of Illinois football practice? How is the scholarship situation for Illinois basketball's Class of 2017? What can fans expect out of the Illini this upcoming fall sports season? Where can I pick up a copy of the 100-page IlliniHQ football yearbook?