IOWA CITY, Iowa — When the All-Big Ten teams are announced, chances are Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble will be among the five players honored on the first team. Some experts consider him to be a legitimate candidate to be named the conference’s Player of the Year, along with Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Michigan State’s Gary Harris.
Player of the game
Jon Ekey, Illinois
In a close call over teammates Rayvonte Rice and Nnanna Egwu. With the score tied in the final seconds, his 50th three-pointer of the season gave the Illini the victory. Good thing Illinois found a place for the Illinois State transfer. Any win against Iowa is a good one.
Illinois B+, Iowa C
CHAMPAIGN — Senior Day for the Illinois women’s gymnastics team also was a history-making day.
The No. 13 Illini scored a program-record team total Saturday in a 197.100-194.450 victory against Lindenwood at Huff Hall. The previous mark of 196.975 was set March 12, 2011, at the State of Illinois Classic.
Greetings from the University of Wisconsin. The Kohl Center is an amazing venue for the nation’s toughest conference wrestling tournament. Nine of the top 20 teams are represented in this weekend’s tournament.
NIT or CBI, there are no drawbacks to the Illini playing additional basketball games.
Bring ’em on. The more the merrier. It’s always advantageous to finish the season in an upbeat manner ... because, as a former coach once noted, you want the fans to chew on positives (and not you) for the next six months.
No. 24 Iowa 52, Illinois 48 — 11:50 second half
For as much as they've struggled today, the Illini haven't gone away. Wouldn't expect them to, based on all that has happened this season. Still don't know if that means they can find a way to pull this one out, though.
BOOM! Jon Ekey has become a part of Illini lore, hitting a three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left to give Illinois a 66-63 win at Iowa to close out the regular season. The Illini were outstanding on defense in the second half, holding the Hawkeyes to just 29 second-half points. The 63 points for the game was Iowa's lowest scoring output of the season. Time for my three nomi
The controversial tale of Robert George “Bob” Goalby, who celebrates his 85th birthday Friday, is one that golf historians often recite because of a costly scorekeeping error.
1. Brown delivers. Dre Brown had planned to give Illinois an oral commitment this weekend.
But the Class of 2015 running back from DeKalb looked at the date Friday and couldn’t resist.