Remember these Titans: Defense helps propel veteran team to Redbird Arena

SALEM — The Marissa/Coulterville girls' basketball team probably didn't know what to think after the first quarter on Monday night.

State awaits 'special' group of Spartans

PONTIAC — As Bree Trimble's teammates celebrated around her, the St. Joseph-Ogden girls' basketball senior grabbed at her upper lip in a minor state of shock.

The Class 2A Pontiac Super-Sectional plaque — the second such piece of hardware in program history — had just struck Trimble in the chops.

Badgers snap Illini win streak

Illinois coach Brad Underwood, senior guard Aaron Jordan and freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu break down Monday night's 64-58 loss at No. 22 Wisconsin.

Illini Basketball Report Card: at Wisconsin, Feb. 18, 2019

Player of the game | Wisconsin guard Brad Davison

Not an overwhelming factor in the Badgers' 12-point win in Champaign last month, the Wisconsin sophomore did a little bit of everything Monday night at the Kohl Center — including some late scoring that pushed the Badgers ahead.

Quick hits: Illini's win streak snaps in loss to Badgers

What happened

Illinois and Wisconsin didn't play particularly pretty basketball Monday night at the Kohl Center. Advantage, Badgers, for a 15th straight win in the series.

What it means

The Illini have made some serious strides in the last month. Four-game winning streaks don't happen in the Big Ten by accident, but there's still room for growth.

HS 2A Girls Supersectional: SJ-O vs. Chicago Christian

St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Chicago Christian in a Class 2A Supersectional game at Pontiac High School on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.

LIVE! Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — One streak snapped, another continued. Wisconsin's 64-58 victory on Monday night broke Illinois' four-game winning streak and extended the Badgers' streak in the Big Ten series to 15 straight games.

Brad Davison had 18 points for Wisconsin, and Khalil Iverson — Illini killer — chipped in 16 points. 

HS Girls 1A Supersectional: Schlarman vs. Amboy

Schlarman vs. Amboy in a Class 1A Supersectional game at Pontiac High School on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.


Feb. 20 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 12:30pm

The argument can be made Illinois is currently the hottest team in the Big Ten, although Monday's game at Wisconsin has the potential — given the Badgers' track record of late against the Illini — to squelch that fire. Still, Brad Underwood's second team is surging at the right time of the season with just five games left in the regular season after Monday's showdown with the Badgers.

Coulter picks up, goes with hoops for Judah Christian

CHAMPAIGN — Philip Coulter boasts a strong statline for Judah Christian boys’ basketball entering the Class 1A postseason.

Prior to Friday night’s 57-39 victory against Cornerstone Christian to secure the East Central Illinois Conference Tournament title, the senior was averaging 18.6 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals per tilt for the now-26-2 Tribe, not to mention 59 three-pointers.