'Your orange is showing'

The Orange Krush has made the Assembly Hall one of the most intimidating gyms in the country. But it's not just home games where the Illinois student cheering section helps out.

For the past few years, the Krush has been following the Illini to select road games. Using a mix of spy tactics, enthusiasm and college-age creativity, they've made the chant "I-L-L I-N-I" loud and clear from Iowa City to Ann Arbor, forcing rival schools to change their ticket policy.

Tate: Refs, lapse spoil spirited Illini effort

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Bruce Weber's gutty Illini boxed like crazy Saturday but forgot the knockout punch.

One-touchdown underdogs in their most demanding rival-court game of the long basketball season, they carried the grudge rematch into the final seconds but couldn't dent Indiana's still-perfect 13-game Assembly Hall record.

Illini report card

Grading the UI's loss to Indiana:

Despite loss, March still on UI's mind

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Chin held up, Warren Carter reflected on Illinois' 65-61 loss at Indiana.

"This is a different team than it was a couple weeks ago," Carter said.

Illini, fans have a ball

URBANA – Illinois men's tennis coach Brad Dancer came away from Saturday's match against Texas A&M pleased with his team.

His fans weren't too shabby, either.

Injury, large crowd might give Illini boost

CHAMPAIGN – Opportunities continue to arise for the Illinois women's basketball team – even at the misfortune of its Big Ten rivals.

First, Iowa center Megan Skouby – the 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year – broke her hand in practice last week, leaving her unavailable for Illinois' game at Iowa next Thursday.

Asmussen: Arnold makes most of chance

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The ultimate compliment for a basketball player: Opposing fans wanting you to foul out.

At Illinois, that guy in the past has been Nick Anderson. Or Deon Thomas. Or Frank Williams. Or Deron Williams.

Home is where the heart is

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Bruce Weber and the Illinois coaching staff wore white sneakers during a 65-61 loss to Indiana on Saturday afternoon.

Half-joking and half-serious, Weber left the post-game press conference with a message.

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at today's UI women's basketball game against Ohio State:

Mexicano powers Illini to season-opening wins

MIAMI – Coach Terri Sullivan's Illinois softball squad had a good start to its season Friday at the Diamond Fun & Sun Classic, topping No. 20 Louisville6-2 and Florida International 11-5.

In the Illini's season opener against the Cardinals, shortstop Angelena Mexicano went 3 for 4 with three runs and left fielder Makenzie Smith was 2 for 4 with three RBI. Reliever Ashley Wright allowed no runs on three hits in 4< 1/3> innings to earn the victory.