Beat writers Jeff Huth and Fred Kroner are taking your questions today.
First up is women's basketball, volleyball and baseball beat writer Jeff Huth. Ask him about Matt Bollant's outburst during Wednesday night's loss. Submit questions here: http://www.news-gazette.com/chats/2014-02-03/feb-6-ui-womens-basketball-...
CHAMPAIGN — Matt Bollant had given plenty of hints recently that changes were coming for his slumping Illinois women’s basketball team.
On Wednesday night, the second-year Illini coach showed just how serious he was about shaking things up.
Final: Michigan State 69, Illinois 53
The No. 24 Spartans handed the Illini their fourth straight loss, 69-53, Thursday night at State Farm Center.
No. 24 Michigan State
7 p.m. Wednesday
Illinois (9-13, 2-7 Big Ten)
Ask beat writer Jeff Huth about the Illini's performance Wednesday night against Michigan State.
CHAMPAIGN — Three days after his Illinois women’s basketball team yielded a whopping 90 points, the last thing Matt Bollant expected to see Sunday afternoon was a game-opening defensive meltdown.
Final: Indiana 77, Illinois 58
The Illini lost their third in a row and eighth in their last 10 games Sunday afternoon, falling to Indiana 77-58 at State Farm Center.
The Hoosiers trio of starting freshmen guards -- Alexis Gassion, Larryn Brooks and Taylor Agler -- combined for 51 points. Indiana (16-6, 3-6) halted a three-game losing streak.
Indiana at Illinois, 1 p.m. Sunday
Illinois (9-12, 2-6 Big Ten)
Pos. Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Ivory Crawford Jr. 5-10 15.1
Ryan Squire hears what some might consider mundane questions. On a daily basis. But they’re important in his job. Vital, in fact. The compliance director for the Illinois athletic department keeps coaches afloat of recruiting rules, athletes’ eligibility and the ever-evolving transfers that seem to dominate college athletics now.