Comment: NCAA tournament team won 35 games, most since 2000
Comment: Task one: End that 14-game Big Ten losing streak
Men’s basketball: B
Comment: Inconsistent bunch proved they belonged in NCAAs
Men’s cross-country: B
Comment: Big Ten finish of fourth was program’s best in 16 years
High point: Receiving Big Ten’s only at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
Low point: Losing NCAA elimination game after entering ninth inning with 3-2 lead.
Big Ten finish: T-5th
What’s next: Plenty of holes to fill in field, but starting rotation returns intact.
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TOP MALE ATHLETES
1. Justin Parr, baseball. Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-American taking sweet swing to pros.
2. Jesse Delgado, wrestling. Sophomore Big Ten champion became first Illini to win an NCAA title at 125 pounds.
3. Fred Hartville, gymnastics. Proving Big Ten vault title was no fluke, freshman repeated feat at NCAA Championships.
For graduation weekend, we reached out to one athlete from every University of Illinois sport for their take on the college scene. Here's what they had to say.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kevin Johnson will remember this win for some time.
The Illinois senior right-hander set the school’s career record for innings pitched during the Illini’s 9-2 win at Ohio State on Friday night to push Illinois’ winning streak to five games.
Johnson recorded the Big Ten victory for the Illini (24-10, 6-4) by allowing two hits in 51/3 innings.
Calling Illinois “the perfect fit,” longtime soccer coach Janet Rayfield isn’t about to leave a program she built into an NCAA tournament regular.
That’s a good thing.
Rayfield and Illinois have agreed on a five-year contract extension that soon will be made official.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Illinois’ impressive late-season run ended with a thud.
No. 13 North Carolina had its way in a 9-2 win against the Illini in an NCAA tournament second-round match. Illinois, making its 11th NCAA appearance, finishes 10-9-4.
The Illinois soccer team will try to stay alive in the NCAA tournament when it faces host North Carolina at 5:30 p.m. Friday in a second-round match. Staff writer JEFF HUTH offers four storylines as the Illini try to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008.