CHAMPAIGN — The inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class is loaded with familiar names, 28 of the greatest in Illini history from players to coaches. The 2017 class was announced Thursday morning, rounding out the group that was started last year with All-American linebacker Dick Butkus.
Thirty-four years ago today, Illinois’ men’s basketball team defeated Michigan State 69-61, as Derek Harper went 11 of 11 from the field and scored 27 points.
Harper’s backcourt teammate Bruce Douglas established a single-season record for steals, pick-pocketing the Spartans three times.
Other memorable Illini events on this date in history:
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois wrestling team closed out its final home match of the year with an emphatic 28-9 win over Indiana at Huff Hall on Sunday.
Illini (9-3) seniors Zane Richards and Zac Brunson both picked up wins on Senior Day.
University of Illinois Wrestling vs Indiana University, Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Huff Hall. The Illini defeated the Hoosiers 28-9.
Happy birthday today to one of Illinois volleyball’s premier all-time players, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley.
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — Illinois softball kicked off its 2017 campaign on Friday with wins against North Carolina and Georgia Tech at the Puerto Rico D1 Tournament.
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Tonight's guests include ESPN's Sean Harrington, Penn State broadcaster Steve Jones, and Illini wrestling coach Jim Heffernan.
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CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.
URBANA — Trailing 3-1 to Duke, the 17th-ranked Illini men’s tennis team won the final three singles matches to pull out a 4-3 win over the Blue Devils at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday.