Saturday's UI roundup: Leland, Illini seek series sweep

PHOENIX — Illinois handed the ball to Sean Leland with Saturday's game still in the balance.

Leland didn't disappoint, either. The redshirt senior right-hander delivered 4 1 / 3 strong innings, and the Illini tacked on insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings to put away a 5-2 win over Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon.

UI unveils Hall of Fame Class of '19

The  UI Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was unveiled this morning and includes:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 22, 2019

Our "Faces of State Farm Center" series on Feb. 3 drew a positive reaction — as well as suggestions for other notable employees we could have featured.

Like CLEDITH ROWE, who has worked the gates at the building for almost three decades. The 81-year-old Monticello resident loves his time at the place he still calls "the Assembly Hall."

Sunday's UI roundup: Women's basketball falls to Michigan

CHAMPAIGN — Senior forward Alex Wittinger netted a game-high 18 points, while junior Courtney Joens and freshman Mackenzie Blazek added 10 points each, but Illinois women’s basketball struggled to keep pace in a 70-56 loss to Michigan on Sunday afternoon at State Farm Center.

Illini top Georgetown in opener

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Scoring runs in six of the nine innings helped the Illinois baseball team cruise to an 11-3 season-opening win Friday over Georgetown.

Asmussen | Larger-than-life Bezhanishvili's personality puts him on special list of Illini

Admit it, Illinois fans, you have developed a soft spot for Giorgi Bezhanishvili. Even if you don't know how to properly pronounce his last name. (I can relate).

When he dropped 35 points on Rutgers, it moved him up a peg on the popularity list.

Or 20.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 13, 2019

Introducing JULIA GREUEL, a junior at the University of Illinois and the next president of Illini Pride, the student organization that supports sports of all sorts.

Shining sectional stars heading to state

WYATT HEIMANN, Mahomet-Seymour

After losing his quarterfinal match on Friday night at 170 pounds in Mahomet, the Bulldogs senior ensured his season wouldn't end before state by topping three opponents in 2A wrestlebacks to earn fourth place.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 9, 2019

It's not quite as big as, say, State Farm Center, but JESSE NAUMAN's "Illini Room" in the basement of his house in Granville takes up serious space.

"At some point, it became an obsession," the 41-year-old UI grad said of his memorabilia collection. "I'm just about out of room."

Jock Jams 2019

Jock Jams 2019 at Foellinger Auditorium on UI campus in Urbana on Monday, Jan. 29, 2019. The event benefitted Feed Our Kids, Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression and the Luke Tatsu Johnson Foundation.