Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Ballot Breakdown: New No. 1 on men's side

A look at how Illinois hoops beat writer SCOTT RICHEY’s polls compare with those of the Associated Press:

Richey's Men's Top 25

Tate: Let's talk about what athletic types won't

Nick Saban used the word “great” four times in his first sentence about Clemson at the college football national championship pregame press conference in Tampa.

But wouldn’t you rather have heard what the Alabama football coach confided with his staff as they began breaking down film in search of Clemson’s weaknesses in their staff meeting?

PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 01-09-17

PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 01-09-17: Play now!

Tonight's guest: the Fighting Illini football team's former long snapper, Michael Martin


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01-09-16 Monday Morning Quarterbacks

01-09-16 Monday Morning Quarterbacks: Play now!

01-09-16 Monday Morning Quarterbacks.  Jim Turpin and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks after Illinois loss to Indiana.


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Jan. 12 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 1:30pm

How is Lovie Smith's first recruiting class shaping up? What does the final two months of the regular season look like for Illinois basketball? Will the Illini find themselves among the 68 teams in the NCAA tournament field come March? How good is the area boys' and girls' basketball scenes this winter?

Jan. 11 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 12:30pm

Can the Illini respond with a better start and a better ending on Wednesday night against Michigan? When will Illinois ever win again at Indiana? How are Jeremiah Tilmon, Javon Pickett and Trent Frazier faring in their senior year of high school? What's the latest with Mark Smith's recruitment? Any hope Illinois beats Michigan and Maryland this week?

Freshmen provide spark in limited action

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Te’Jon Lucas seeing the floor in the first half this season has typically been predicated by one thing — foul trouble for sixth-year Illinois guard Tracy Abrams.

Lucas took  three DNPs since Dec. 10 before Saturday’s game at Indiana.

UI MBB notes: Hill's foul trouble hurts cause

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Malcolm Hill committed his first foul 46 seconds into Saturday’s game at Indiana. His second came at the 17:25 mark, and No. 3 followed about a minute later.

That sent Illinois’ scoring leader to the bench with 16:29 to play in the first half and the Illini already trailing 11-0.

Tate: Illini not ready for the big boys

Here’s the good news: Indiana won’t bring its basketball bombers to Champaign this season.

Considering the last three spankings ­— 103-69 and 74-47 last season, and 96-80 there Saturday — the Illini are better off casting their rod into shallower water.

Second trip, second rout for men

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Illinois had nearly a full week to prepare.

No midweek Big Ten game after beating Ohio State at home on New Year’s Day. The Illini’s focus was entirely on shoring up their own deficiencies and getting ready to face No. 25 Indiana on Saturday.