Posted November 08, 2011 on
There are some similarities between the current Fighting Illini football team and the 2007 outfit that came out of nowhere to earn a Rose Bowl berth. In both cases, players were hungry to improve upon previous years, and leadership was a common denominator for both. Illini Video Production Specialist Frank Lenti, Jr., played on the 2007 team and shares thoughts on both teams.
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One of the biggest reasons the Illini fell well short of preseason expectations last year was their lack of defensive heart and intensity. It isn’t like a Bruce Weber coached team to not defend, and last year Illinois lost way too many games because their inability to get stops down the stetch and in crunch time.
Especially on the road, Illinois would dig deep holes for themselves...
The Fighting Illini basketball team entertains Quincy in its second and final exhibition game Monday evening at the Assembly Hall. The Illini learned some things in their first exhibition, but they must continue to improve prior to their opener Friday against Loyola.
The women's swimming and diving team returned to McCaffree Pool at IM West on Friday evening as they hosted Big Ten foe Illinois. The Spartan's split the meet with the Fighting Illini, winning half of the 16 competitions, including both diving events. But, the teams were tied going into the final medley relay and Illinois hit the wall first, narrowly edging out the Spartans...
As the Fighting Illini football team enters the home stretch of its 2011 season, its defense has continued to impress. Leading all tacklers is sophomore linebacker Jonathan Brown. The former Memphis star missed one game but is still the runaway tackle leader. He feels the bye week has been good for the team.
The Fighting Illini football team has been blessed with good health this season. Nearly the entire team has been available for every game. The loss of any one player can have a deleterious effect on the team's success. So when receiver Darius Millines had to sit out four games with a stress fracture in his foot, the offense felt the effects.
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Michigan Wolverines vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini host Michigan on Saturday, looking to build on their 4-5 ATS mark against the 7-2 Wolverines in NCAAF action at Memorial Stadium.
They will face the 7-2 Wolverines, who own a 6-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Fighting...
After bringing in a huge class last year, the Fighting Illini basketball team had only one scholarship available for this signing period. They gave it to Crete-Monee point guard Michael Orris, who made it official today. Orris provides needed depth at his position and is excited for the opportunity.
Junior D.J. Richardson drained four three-pointers and scored a game-high 17 points to lead Illinois past Quincy, 73-45, on Monday night. |