Underwood: 'They were a much better basketball team'

Illinois coach Brad Underwood discusses his team's 25-point loss at Wisconsin where the 'heart' and 'effort' weren't there for the Illini.

Alstork: 'I came here to win'

Illinois guard Mark Alstork and forward Leron Black break down Friday night's 75-50 loss at Wisconsin.

Notes: Defense an issue in loss to Badgers

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin has been hurting for ball handlers since point guard D’Mitrik Trice had foot surgery in December.

Freshman Brad Davison has taken on most of that lead guard role. But 6-foot-10 redshirt junior forward Ethan Happ initiates the Badgers’ offense — and brings the ball up the court — more often than most of his big man contemporaries.

Illini stumble in seventh straight Big Ten loss

MADISON, Wis. — Friday night’s 75-50 Wisconsin win was new for Illinois. The Illini hadn’t lost by more than 10 points all season and been particularly close in the Big Ten with a trio of overtime losses and two defeats by a single point.

It was new for first-year Illinois coach Brad Underwood, too.

Illini grade vs. Wisconsin: F

Player of the game
Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ
The Illinois native put up 16 points and 10 rebounds, but it was his passing that also helped carve up the Illini. The Badgers’ forward led Wisconsin with five assists.

Quick take: First blowout of the season

What happened
Wisconsin looked vulnerable heading into Friday night’s game. At least compared to previous seasons. The Badgers made a slew of layups instead on their home court, and handed Illinois its seventh straight Big Ten loss.

LIVE! Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — Illinois' losing streak in Big Ten play reached seven games with a 75-50 loss to Wisconsin on Friday night. Leron Black led the Illini with 16 points and Trent Frazier added 11 points, but Illinois couldn't bounce back from an 11-point halftime deficit. For the first time this season, the Illini were on the wrong end of a blowout.

Promising returnees could spark Illini turnaround

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois baseball has taken its lumps in the two years following its 50-win season and Super Regional appearance in 2015.

The Illini have played .500 ball since that record-setting year, including a 23-28 mark last season as freshmen and sophomores filled nearly every key role from the lineup to rotation and bullpen.

UPDATE: George, Crouch leaving UI football team

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois put Cam Thomas on the fast track to starting quarterback last fall, eschewing a potential redshirt season to give the true freshman the same early experience as more than a dozen of his classmates.

The Good Ol' Days

Safe to say Illinois is experiencing a major Big Ten drought as it relates to wins in football, men's basketball and women's basketball. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY takes a look at just how long ago those last conference wins were — and when the slumps might end:


Nov. 5, 2016 (438 days ago)

Illinois 31, Michigan State 27