Dec. 18 college basketball chat

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 1:30pm

Marcus Jackson is taking your questions on Thursday. Ask him about the recent struggles, the Braggin' Rights game Saturday against Missouri and what this team needs to do to get back on track.

12-15-14 Monday Morning Quarterbacks

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12-15-14 Penny for Your Thoughts.  Jim Turpin  and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks after the Illini loss to Oregon.




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This week In Illini History: Mike Thomas turning 55

The UI's AD, linebacker Mason Monheim and NFL punter Steve Weatherford are blowing out candles this week.

Boys' basketball Top 10: Mahomet-Seymour leads field

Fred Kroner ranks the area’s top boys’ basketball teams. One thing we’re sure about this year, there will continue to be change in the area pecking order. There doesn’t appear to be one dominant team. Villa Grove/Heritage may join the list soon:

Team (Prvs.) — comment; next game

Bowl prep: Illini getting familiar with Dallas

Leading up to the Illini’s appearance at the Heart of Dallas Bowl, college football writers Bob Asmussen and Matt Daniels will check in:

O'Toole, Thomas highlight award recipients

CHAMPAIGN — With three games left in the season, Reilly O’Toole was a backup quarterback playing out his senior year.

Now, he is Illinois’ Outstanding Offensive Player.

O’Toole and the rest of the Illini were honored at their annual team banquet Sunday afternoon at the I Hotel.

All-Area Boys' Soccer COY: Blue Ridge's Marty Price

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Price guided the Knights to a berth in a Class 1A super-sectional, where they lost 1-0 to the state’s eventual third-place team. The sectional crown was the first in school history, and the 20-win season was the third in the past five years, leaving Price one win from 150 career victories.

Asmussen: How Bob voted for Heisman

Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a longtime Heisman Trophy voter and the Illinois state rep for the award. Here is how he voted this year:

Tate: Complete play not seen in recent losses

CHICAGO — These weren’t the Oregon Ducks who lost to Michigan, VCU and Ole Miss. These were the Oregon Ducks who, in the words of coach Dana Altman and the Illini’s John Groce, played their best game of the young season Saturday.

Sunday Conversation: Cam Pepper

His two favorite college football teams are playing in bowl games. In Dallas. Former offensive lineman Cam Pepper, a standout for John Mackovic’s Illini in 1989-90, will see his alma mater play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. And he will be in the Texas city to watch his son Taybor, Michigan State’s long snapper, in the Cotton Bowl.