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Commitment to 'be the better team' pays off in another road win

IOWA CITY, IOWA — Road games for Illinois this season have been more about trying to avoid a blowout loss than trying to close out a close win.

The Illini opened their Big Ten road slate with three routs against and two more losses that were nearly that. A win at Northwestern on Feb. 7 snapped the streak.

Illini grades vs. Iowa: Hill carries the team

Player of the game

Illinois’ Malcolm Hill

The 6-foot-6 senior guard’s 21 points marked his 21st straight game in double figures as he continues in his yearlong journey as the Illini’s most consistent option on the offensive end. Eight rebounds and four assists more didn’t hurt in the win against the Hawkeyes.


Backcourt

Spring practice notebook: Lovie starts recruiting 2018 class

CHAMPAIGN — Less than three weeks after signing his 2017 recruiting class, Lovie Smith was working hard on the 2018 edition.

Smith and the Illinois staff welcomed some of the state’s top junior prospects to Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Sunday Conversation: Taylor Edwards

Taylor Edwards stood out during her solid high school career at Arcola by taking part in four sports. And excelling in all of them. Now, the Illinois sophomore is focusing solely on softball in college, having taken up a key pitching role early in the season for the Illini.

IHSA State Wrestling: Finals

St. Joseph-Ogden senior Griffin Meeker, Urbana sophomore Luke Luffman and Centennial junior Justin Cardani all won state wrestling titles on Saturday night at State Farm Center in Champaign.

LIVE! 2017 state wrestling finals

Eight local athletes competed for a wrestling state title tonight at State Farm Center. Here's how they fared on the mats, opening with the 152-pound matches across all three classes.

106 pounds

Justin Cardani was already destined to go down into the record books.

The Centennial junior just made sure he did so with an exclamation point.

PODCAST: Fastener's Etc. Postgame Show 2-18-17

PODCAST: Fastener's Etc. Postgame Show 2-18-17: Play now!

Tim Ditman and Michael Kiser address your phone calls and texts on this episode of Fastener's Etc. Postgame Show. Illinois beats Iowa 70-66.

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Plays of the game - Iowa sweep edition

How sweep it is! Here are today's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World WOW plays of the game.  And we're going with three second half plays where defense led to offense.

Any win over Iowa is good, so enjoy it.

-Tim

 

LIVE! Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Illinois started Big Ten play with losses in each of its first five true road games. The Illini have apparently figured out their issues away from Champaign — at least enough.

PODCAST: Pregame Show Presented by Financial Adviser Paul Ruedi 02-18-17

PODCAST: Pregame Show Presented by Financial Adviser Paul Ruedi 02-18-17: Play now!

Tim Ditman, Loren Tate and Brian Barnhart get you ready for Illinois vs. Iowa on the Illini Gameday Pregame Show.

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