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High school basketball: Jalen Brunson commits to Villanova

It's official. Jalen Brunson will play college basketball at Villanova next season. Brunson made his decision at a press conference hosted at Stevenson high school. Considered the top player in Illinois, Brunson is a big commit for Villanova. The team now has three recruits committed in the Class of 2015, including two four-star recruits to go along with the five-star  Brunson. Brunson was down to 'Nova and ...

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Realistic expectations for Northwestern in 2014

A new season is here and we can finally get back to some Wildcats football and get the realistic expectations for Northwestern in 2014. Last year was extremely tough to watch as we saw the Cats just crumble after a quick start to the season. The Cats started the season with four straight wins then dropped their next seven games before knocking off Illinois to end the season. One more win would have put the ...

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Four Big Ten players on watch list for Ted Hendricks Award

The Big Ten announced today that four Big Ten players are on the watch list for the Ted Hendricks award. The award is given out at the end of the season to the nation's most outstanding defensive end. Only two times has the award been given to a Big Ten player, Michigan's Lamarr Woodley (2006) and Illinois' Whitney Mercilus (2011). This season Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun, Michigan's Frank Clark, Nebra ...

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Illinois keeps their NCAA tournament hopes alive with win against Indiana

Just five weeks ago, Illinois lost eight straight games in the Big Ten, a collapse that few teams in the nation could overcome. The Fighting Illini have won six of their last nine games since the losing streak and also since freshman Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill were added to the starting lineup. Nunn and Hill have gotten most of the praise for the team’s resurgence. On Thursday, it was two juniors who ca ...

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Illinois is overmatched as Michigan clinches Big Ten title

  In their last four games, Illinois has done something they haven’t done since 1947—hold each of their opponents to less than 50 points. On Tuesday, well, let’s just say they might have to start another streak. The Illini let up 52 points against Michigan—in the first half. The recent hot play for Illinois was extinguished by No. 12 Michigan, who shot their way to an 84-53 win. After losing 10 of 11 g ...

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Illinois show they still have something to play for as they cruise past Nebraska

53 days is a long time. With Nebraska in town, it's been 53 days since Illinois last won a home game. It was an unfamiliar site to see Illinois take on Nebraska with the Cornhuskers sitting in sixth place and the Illini looking up from the very bottom. With 12 losses on the year, the NCAA tournament has been out of the picture for Illinois for a while now—someone might have to tell them that. If Illinois ha ...

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Northwestern overcomes three late turnovers to stun Illinois

Illinois was in desperate need of a statement game to validate their No. 23 ranking after suffering a 95-70 drubbing at Wisconsin earlier in the week. Driving a couple of hours over to Evanston to face the 7-9 Northwestern Wildcats, the Illini were expected to do just that—but once again, the Illini didn’t live up to their expectations. After trailing by ten earlier in the second half, Illinois freshman Ken ...

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Tracy Abrams earns Braggin’ Rights with breakout performance

With nine minutes left in the annual Braggin’ Rights game between Illinois and Missouri, it felt all too familiar for the Fighting Illini. After relinquishing a late second half lead against Georgia Tech and mostly recently a seven point lead against Oregon just a week ago, what was unraveling felt like a foregone conclusion. After leading 31-27 at half time, a rare three pointer from big man Nnanna Egwu ga ...

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Illinois survive scare against Dartmouth to come away with the 72-65 win

The Fighting Illini needed a win against Dartmouth with ranked Oregon and Missouri on slate. With the 3-3 Big Green in town, getting the win was a little tougher than expected. After trailing as much as 17 in the second half, Dartmouth fired back late. Big Green freshman forward Eli Harrison and sophomore guard Alex Mitola hit back to back three’s to cut the Illini lead to 67-59 with 1:29 left in the game. ...

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Seven second half three pointers lifts Illinois past Bradley 81-55

It’s probably a good thing Bradley University is only an hour and a half away from Champaign. Tornados and thunderstorms struck across surrounding Illinois areas all afternoon. Even the Chicago Bears game was delayed, with the State Farm Center watching on the big board as Bear’s kicker Robbie Gould nailed the overtime game winner. The Braves probably wished the weather cancelled this one. After only shooti ...

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