Tim Beckman stated earlier this week it's vital for Illinois to play better on the road on Saturday.
The Illini are 0-4 away from Memorial Stadium this season.
Another performance like ones they've had at Washington, Nebraska, Wisconsin or Ohio State, and a 5-7 season will transpire.
Last year’s IHSA state football championships at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb marked the first time since 1998 the title games hadn’t been played in Champaign. They’re back at Memorial Stadium today and Saturday as the alternating-host schedule returns to Champaign.
Prep football’s state title contenders should be glad to visit Champaign-Urbana for more than a shot at glory. Bob Asmussen lists some of the reasons why:
Welcome back, state title contenders. We missed you. And you missed us.
WASHINGTON — The question about last-second shots in basketball is usually if the attempt beat the buzzer.
There was no doubt about Jamal Stovall’s Thanksgiving Night shot. The clock was stopped with seven-tenths of a second left after what his Champaign Central teammates thought was the game-winning basket.
Each week, we’ll gauge Tim Beckman’s promise of turning Illinois football into a consistent winner:
LAS VEGAS — They were loud before the game, and it was unmistakable for whom the folks in orange were going to be cheering.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice
While the Illini have experienced some lulls in games this season, the fifth-year senior hasn’t. He was at it again on Thanksgiving, stuffing that stat sheet with 21 points, seven rebounds and five steals against the Sycamores.
BACKCOURT: Illinois A, Indiana State C
LAS VEGAS — For the most part, Thanksgiving Day was a festive one for the Illinois basketball team. For starters, while most of their friends and fans back home were dealing with snow and freezing temperatures, the Illini enjoyed 70-degree weather in Sin City.
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands — It all came down to movement.
Ivory Crawford slicing her way through the Kentucky defense for layup after layup.
Chatrice White working the pick-and-roll with the Illinois guards or slipping picks for her own easy buckets in the paint.