Illini Preview: 'Expecting a fight'

Hear from several Illini, as Maverick Morgan discusses Tuesday's matchup with No. 21 Purdue and Tracy Abrams touches on his struggles of late. Then, Leron Black shares some thoughts on going up against the Boilermakers' Caleb Swanigan, while Te'Jon Lucas talks about learning from his mistakes.

N-G Top 10: Boys' Basketball Week 8

A big weekend for Thad Matta. First, his Ohio State Buckeyes surprised Michigan State on Sunday. A day later, his alma mater moved to No. 1 in our rankings. Congratulations, Hoopeston Area. The latest courtesy sports editor Matt Daniels.


01-16-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks

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01-16-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks,  Jim Turpin and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks after the Illini loss to Maryland.


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Backcourt struggles in loss to Maryland

CHAMPAIGN — Tracy Abrams missed all three of his shot attempts Saturday against Maryland, finishing the game with more fouls (four) than rebounds or assists (two each).

Jalen Coleman-Lands was 3 of 12 from the field against the Wolverines, with 11 of those shots — and all three makes — coming from three-point range.

Illini win in blowout thanks to hot second-half shooting

CHAMPAIGN — There will be no repeat of the 2-16 Big Ten season for Matt Bollant’s team.
Alex Wittinger, Brandi Beasley, Petra Holesinska and friends took care of that Sunday at State Farm Center. Illinois pulled away in the second half for a 79-59 win against Nebraska.

With the victory, the Illini improved to 3-2 in the conference and 8-10 overall.

Advanced Prep (Week of Jan. 16)

Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar.

Tuscola at Central Girls’ Basketball

Monday, 7:30 p.m.

N-G Top 10: Girls’ basketball (Jan. 16)

Conference tournaments are the rage this week, with several of our Top 10 — including our new No. 1 — vying for league bragging rights. Here’s more on our latest rankings, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:


Area college update (Jan. 16): Carter scoring for Red Wolves

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts now excelling in college:

Jan. 19 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 2:00pm

How hot is John Groce's seat? How is Lovie Smith's first recruiting class coming together in the final weeks? What happens first: Illinois makes the NCAA tournament or Illinois makes a bowl game? What teams and players are standing out on the high school sports scene this winter? Sports editor Matt Daniels is taking your questions at 2 p.m.

Jan. 19 prep sports chat

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:30pm

How is the Vermilion County Tournament going? What wrestlers are primed to make a run to state? What's going on with Urbana girls' basketball? Anything is fair game in preps coordinator Anthony Zilis' weekly chat, which gets underway at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.