Feb. 23 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 2:00pm

What do you think of the inaugural Illinois athletics Hall of Fame class? Will Illinois basketball have any games beyond the Big Ten tournament? How is Lovie Smith's program faring through several spring practices? What area high school boys' basketball teams might make a run to Peoria? When do The News-Gazette All-Area teams for winter sports come out?

Feb. 23 prep sports chat

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

How impressive was the area wrestling scene this winter? What boys' basketball teams could go on a run to Peoria? How surprising it is that no girls' basketball team won a sectional title? What boys' swimmers have a chance to win a state title this weekend? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis will take your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but feel free to send him some ahead of time.

Feb. 22 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:30pm

What seed with the Illini get at the Big Ten tournament? How is John Groce dealing with all the outside noise regarding his future? How is Illinois recruiting target Mark Smith faring down the stretch for Edwardsville? Will Illinois win on Sunday at Nebraska? Anything is fair game as beat writer Scott Richey answers your questions in his weekly 12:30 p.m. chat on Wednesday.

N-G Top 10: Boys' Basketball Week 13

Since losing to Champaign Central, Mahomet-Seymour has won seven games in a row as well as a Corn Belt title. That's why the Bulldogs are back at No. 1 in our weekly boys' basketball rankings. Here's the rundown from sports editor Matt Daniels.


02-20-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks

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02-20-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks. Jim Turpin and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks after The Illini win at Iowa City!!!


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UI roundup: Women's hoops slows, can't stop Wildcats

EVANSTON — Despite holding Northwestern to 33.3 percent shooting from the field — 21.1 percent from the three-point line — and forcing 16 Wildcat turnovers, the Illini women’s basketball team fell to the Wildcats 66-53 on Sunday.

Defending champs SJ-O ready to prove doubters wrong once again

ST. JOSEPH — The defending Class 2A boys’ basketball state champions aren’t exactly, well, favored to win another state title come March.

At least on paper.

State on their minds: Boys' baskeball playoff capsules

The small-school boys’ basketball season ends in less than three weeks, with Class 1A and 2A state title games slated for March 11 in downtown Peoria. Beginning Monday, 33 area teams start the journey in an attempt to become one of two small-school teams across the state to hoist a state championship trophy on the floor of Carver Arena.

Advanced Prep (Week of Feb. 20)

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

1. MONDAY, TUESDAY, FRIDAY: Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Regional

Whatever happened to ... the worst Illini football team ever?

No way to sugarcoat it: The 1997 Illinois football team was the worst in school history. The only one to finish 0-11. Outscored 368-119. No games decided by fewer than 10 points.