Birks: Europe trip was worth it

CHAMPAIGN — Most of the matches for the Big Ten Foreign Tour volleyball team were essentially scrimmages. Some of the Big Ten’s best squared off against national teams from Slovenia and Hungary in an otherwise empty gym.

Except for the final stop of the tour.

The Big Ten team played the Italian National Team twice in front of nearly sellout crowds in Padova, Italy.

Illinois, North Dakota State will play in hoops

Illinois found out the first opponent it will play at the Prairie Capital Convention in Springfield. North Dakota State tweeted Wednesday it will square off against the Illini on Sunday, Nov. 15, in the capital city. Here’s more about the Bison, courtesy Alex Roux:

Asmussen: Heavy damage done to women's basketball

The doors were unlocked at the Ubben Basketball Complex on Wednesday afternoon. Like usual. At 1:30 p.m., the side designated for the women’s team sat mostly empty.

Two young kids shot and dribbled. That was it.

On a warm day, the air conditioning worked well. It was almost chilly inside. Wouldn’t want to have to pay the power bill.

Best of teams: No. 38, Penn State

No. 38: Penn State

COACH: James Franklin

2014 RECORD: 7-6


CIRCLE THE DATE: Oct. 17 at Ohio State.

Best of Illini: No. 38, Kenny Nelson

No. 38: Kenny Nelson, DE

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The 7 Illini who filed suit

Seven former Illinois women’s basketball players filed a $10 million lawsuit Wednesday against the university, athletic director Mike Thomas, head coach Matt Bollant and former associate head coach Mike Divilbiss. Here’s a look at where the players are now:

Former star weighs in on allegations

Former Illini star Karisma Penn, who played for Matt Bollant and Mike Divilbiss during her senior season, said she believed the allegations of her former teammates and the four other Bollant recruits who filed suit against the UI on Wednesday.

Dee is back

Dee Brown knows a thing or two about being an elite point guard.

How can the return of the former Illini great to campus this summer be a boost to John Groce's search for a coveted lead guard?

What will Brown do in the next two months to help the Illinois athletic department?

How's recruiting going for Groce in 2016, 2017 and 2018?

UPDATED: Former UI women's basketball players file suit

Seven former Illini women’s basketball players have sued the University of Illinois, alleging coach Matt Bollant and former assistant Mike Divilbiss created a racially hostile environment in violation of the Federal Civil Rights Act.