Posted November 17, 2011 on
The Fighting Illini basketball team begins the Cancun Challenge, hosting Lipscomb University Thursday night. The Bisons have some exciting guard play and could give the Illini trouble in the back court. The Illini are heavy favorites; they hope to win while also continuing their learning process.

How’s the Illini Point Guard Situation Coming Along?

Heading into this season, the Illinois Fighting Illini had some questions to answer at “the one.” Two games in, they still do.  Demetri McCamey, as inconsistent and polarizing as he was, provided minutes and some sense of stability. The situation was helped this offseason when Bradley transfer Sam Maniscalco became eligible. He provides a steady veteran hand while PG of the...

Illini Stronger Despite Tumultuous Week

The Fighting Illini football team, so thrilled with a perfect 6-0 getaway to begin the season, has been facing extreme adversity lately. A four game losing streak, accompanied by a sudden collapse of a once-potent offense, was complicated last weekend by a late-night incident that ended the season for a team leader. Yet, there may be a glimmer of hope despite the dark clouds.

Lost weekend for Zook, Illini

If you thought your weekend was bad, compare it to embattled Illinois coach Ron Zook's and think again. Zook's...

Zook ends news conference when asked about job distractions

Illinois coach ends news conference when asked about job distractions CHAMPAIGN — Amid growing speculation about coach Ron Zook's job status after a four-game losing streak and off-field incidents over the weekend, athletic director Mike Thomas said he will not make a decision about the seven-year coach's future until the season concludes.

Derek Dimke Emotional As Senior Day Arrives

Last year, the Fighting Illini football team reached field goal range 29 times. Placekicker Derek Dimke converted 24 kicks and expected similar success in 2011. But he hasn't had nearly the opportunities this year. He wishes he could have done more to help the team, and he regrets how rapidly his career is coming to an end.

Illinois WR Knight pleads not guilty (AP)

Illinois wide receiver Kenny Knight has pleaded not guilty to charges of battery and resisting a police officer. Knight appeared in court Thursday after being arrested after a fight Saturday night. He's accused of punching a man in the head and then running when police spotted him. Another football player, Jordan Frysinger, was also arrested.

Illinois wideout Knight pleads not guilty to battery

URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois wide receiver Kenny Knight has pleaded not guilty to charges of battery and resisting a police officer.

M. Basketball. Illinois Rolls Past Lipscomb, 79-64

D.J. Richardson scored 17 points, and Illinois used a 14-0 second-half run to put away Lipscomb 79-64 Thursday in the second round of the Cancun Challenge. Illinois (3-0) survived the first half mostly without their 7-foot-1-inch big man, Meyers Leonard. The sophomore sat after picking up his second foul less than two minutes into the game and didn't return until the second half...

Wrestling. #7 Illini Take on #8 Lehigh, Clarion

The Fighting Illini travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to take on #7 Lehigh and Clarion on Sunday, Nov. 20.

W. Volleyball. Volleyball Hosts No. 7 Illinois and Northwestern For Alumni Weekend

The Michigan State volleyball team (19-9, 8-8 Big Ten) returns home for the first time in four contests when it hosts No. 7 Illinois (24-3, 13-3 Big Ten) and Northwestern (14-12, 6-8 Big Ten) this weekend. MSU opens the pair on Friday, Nov. 18 with the Fighting Illini, followed by the Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 19. Both contests are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET.

Illinois WR Knight pleads not guilty to battery

Illinois wide receiver Kenny Knight has pleaded not guilty to charges of battery and resisting a police officer.

LB Brown headlines group committing to Illinois

Despite questions over his job security, Illinois coach Ron Zook has landed three more Class of 2012 commitments, including one of the nation's top linebackers.

Ready for No Mercy

Few things have gone right for Illinois offensively over the last month, but the Fighting Illini have been able to stay competitive thanks to junior defensive ends Whitney Mercilus and Michael Buchanan, an aggressive one-two punch that No.15 Wisconsin will have to deal with Saturday in Champaign.

Mercilus Named Nagurski Trophy Finalist

University of Illinois junior defensive end Whitney Mercilus has been named one of five finalists for the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

Illini Overcome Small But Athletic Lipscomb

The Fighting Illini overcame early sluggishness to defeat Lipscomb at the Assembly Thursday night. D.J. Richardson and senior transfer Sam Maniscalco led four Illini in double figures as pressure defense and a 20-3 second half run put away the athletic Bisons 79-64 as part of the Cancun Challenge.
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