Posted January 27, 2012 on
The Fighting Illini basketball team is at a crossroads. After two straight losses, it is facing the meat of its conference schedule beginning with a trip to Minnesota Saturday night. Can it bounce back and compete for the Big 10 championship? Or will it lose more confidence with another loss? Minnesota played the Illini tough previously and will be doubly difficult at home.
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The Fighting Illini football team hosted a number of visitors this past weekend, including a few commits. Linebacker Mason Monheim had visited campus a number of times, but this visit was his first as an Illinois commit. He fit right in.
The Fighting Illini basketball team has only five scholarship players who were on the team last year. Freshmen have to provide a lift, but they are still in learning mode. Center Nnanna Egwu doesn't see a lot of time on the floor, but he is improving with each game. The diligent worker is refining his skills and should become a potent force with time.
Turnabout is fair play. The Fighting Illini defeated Minnesota at home in overtime back in late December. In the return match in Minneapolis, the Illini had the lead late but allowed the Gophers to tie the game on a three point play in regulation. Minnesota then dominated overtime to win 77-72. Poor shooting, especially from the arc and free throw line, was the Illini downfall.
The second-ranked Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team took down No. 1 Oklahoma (347.700) and No. 7 Michigan (339.100) Saturday night at Huff Hall with an overall team score of 349.800. Redshirt senior Paul Ruggeri captured titles on vault and high bar, passing head coach Justin Spring (59) on the all-time titles list with 60 career wins to rank fifth in school history.
The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team fell to Minnesota (314.5-51.5), Purdue (287-79) and Wisconsin (260-93) in the final day of action at Big Ten Quad Duals on Saturday.
The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on conference foes Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin at the Big Ten Quad Meet this Friday and Saturday. The Illini have not met any of these teams thus far this season, but are 0-20 all-time against Minnesota, 7-25 against Purdue and 6-22 against Wisconsin. The Illini have met these teams at the...
The Fighting Illini football team recently hosted a large number of promising prospects for a Junior Day. Among them was an offensive lineman from Minooka. Blake King shared thoughts on the visit and his recruitment.
The No. 19 Nebraska women's basketball team opens the second half of the Big Ten Conference regular-season schedule by traveling to Champaign-Urbana to take on Illinois on Sunday.
The Fighting Illini women's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday night, falling to third-ranked Duke, 6-1, at the ITA Kick-off Weekend in Durham, N.C. Freshman Melissa Kopinski picked up the lone victory for the Orange and Blue, marking her fourth singles win of the season.
The Fighting Illini women's tennis team cruised to its third consecutive 7-0 win with a victory over Winthrop (3-3) Friday in first-round action of the ITA Kick-off Weekend.
After day one of the Big Ten Quad Duals, the Fighting Illini swimming and diving team trails Minnesota (176.5-28.5), Purdue (158-47) and Wisconsin (146-59). The Orange and Blue participated in 10 events Friday evening, earning one second-place finish, and will compete in nine more events to finish out the meet tomorrow afternoon.
The Fighting Illini women's tennis team (3-0) will look to continue its early success at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend, hosted by Duke, Jan. 27-29. Third-seeded Illinois will face second-seeded Winthrop in the first round on Friday at 9 a.m. CT.