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Fighting Illini Volleyball Receives 9 Seed in NCAA Tournament

  VIRAL – On November 30th, the NCAA Volleyball Selection committee revealed the 64 teams that would be playing for a national championship. Home Sweet Home Unlike the NCAA Basketball Tournaments, in which every team is seeded, only the top 16 teams are seeded for volleyball. The Fighting Illini Volleyball team was given the ninth overall seed. As a result, Illinois will host...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Crack The Top 25

  VIRAL – Fighting Illini Basketball The Fighting Illini basketball team has climbed back into the Top 25 rankings as of Monday. Led by senior Rayvonte Rice, this team is making some big noise in Champaign. Head coach John Groce has built Illinois back into a contender once again and the team is currently 6-0 on the season after an impressive win against Baylor to win the Las...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Make the Right Move, Keep Tim Beckman

Following Illinois bowl bid securing win over Northwestern, Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas has announced that Head Coach Tim Beckman will be returning to coach the Fighting Illini. Improvement Here’s the statement that was released by Mike Thomas on November 30th. “It was important to see improvement in our football program this season. Over the last month, we have...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois RB Josh Ferguson Has the Sweetest Spin Move of the Day

It is not often that we get a reason to talk about the Illinois football team, but Josh Ferguson certainly provided a good one against Northwestern Saturday. He had a pretty good day overall with 132 all-purpose yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns, but that is not why we are talking about the Fighting Illini.It's this spin move.@SBNationGIF/TwitterRead more »
Via FatManWriting
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Football Is Bowl Bound

The Fighting Illini football team is bowl bound. Despite an ugly start to season that included a loss at home to Purdue, the Illini rallied to finish 6-6. Today, they beat “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” Northwestern (5-7) in Evanston, 47-33, to secure the Land Of Lincoln Trophy and a bowl bid. The win likely saves the job of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman who has spent most of his...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Jalen Coleman-Lands Be a McDonald’s All American?

Illini commit Jalen Coleman-Lands is already the first Indiana native to be signed to Illinois since 1984. Now, there’s already hype that he could be the first Illini to be a McDonald’s All American since Jereme Richmond in 2010. Stuffin’ the Stat Sheet Coleman-Lands continues to put up big numbers for his high school team, La Lumiere, including an MVP performance on November...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Rice, Hill lead Illinois past Baylor for Las Vegas Invitational title

LAS VEGAS — Rayvonte Rice and Malcolm Hill each scored 17 points to lead Illinois to a 62-54 win over Baylor in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night. Rice, who had seven rebounds and three steals, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The Illini are 6-0 and have won 32 consecutive November games. After Baylor led 25-21 at halftime, the...
Via AP on Fox
November 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini Commit Darius Paul Nearly Averaging Double-Double

On November 12th, forward Darius Paul signed a letter of intent to return to Illinois and play out his final two years of eligibility. In early November, we published a story about Paul’s journey back to Illinois after being suspended for drug and alcohol related issues. Now, it’s time to take a look at what Darius has accomplished on the court so far this season for Lamar State...
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November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Player Profile: Leron Black

Fighting Illini freshman Leron Black has played only five games with Illinois thus far, but he’s already making a major impact. Here’s what you need to know about Leron “Savage” Black. High School Leron Black attended high school at White Station in Memphis, Tennessee. He collected multiple awards as a senior while averaging 20.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. Some...
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November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Revisiting Illinois Basketball’s Non-Conference Schedule

The college basketball season is young, only about two weeks old, but there’s already been some major developments. Back in early November we tabbed six teams on Illinois non-conference schedule with some games to watch. Let’s take a look at how Illinois’ six major non-conference opponents have fared so far. Indiana State Sycamores The Fighting Illini will be playing the...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Battle for Land of Lincoln is a Battle to Go Bowling

It all comes down to this. Following a Northwestern upset of Notre Dame and an Illinois upset of Penn State, the Wildcats and Illini will face off for the Land of Lincoln trophy with a bowl berth on the line. The two teams took different routes to reach 5-6. Northwestern dropped to 3-6, but has now won two straight including that big win at Notre Dame. The Fighting Illini appeared...
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November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Have the Illinois Fighting Illini really turned a corner under John Groce?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Those words have great application in the belief that things were turned around for the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball program over the last few years. After all, we saw Illinois do some serious damage against its non-conference schedules the last few years, only to be burned by reality of the rough and tumble Big Ten....
Via Talking 10
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

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Via Athlon Sports
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois HC Tim Beckman shows desperation in blaming academics

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Such is the case for Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman, who has his back firmly against the wall in Champaign, Ill. It would explain the fact that Beckman decided to lash out at the admissions people and that pesky thing called academic standards. Yes, Beckman went off about the fact that higher academic standards are the...
Via Talking 10
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Has Illinois Football Improved On The Recruiting Trail?

Since Tim Beckman became the Illinois Head Football Coach following the 2011 football season, things haven’t quite turned around as expected. The Fighting Illini have won just two Big Ten games in three years under coach Beckman, but what about the recruiting trail? Have Beckman and the rest of the Fighting Illini coaching staff been able to turn things around off the field? The...
Via Sports Mockery
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten Basketball Preview: #5 Illinois Fighting Illini

If you collect athletes, as John Groce has been doing since he got the Illinois job, at some point simply through their sheer numbers they'll put it altogether and have a pretty good season.  Groce now has a whole bunch of top flight athletes, a lead dog in Rayvonte Rice who can be the big man on campus, and caught a big break with Tracy Abrams going down for the year with a knee...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Basketball Season Preview: Best Case / Worst Case for Each Player

Illinois Basketball begins the season on November 14th against Georgia Southern. In the days leading up to that game we’ll be previewing the team to get ready for the season. In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the potential highs and lows for each player following the Orange and Blue scrimmage and the Illini All-In event. Before diving into the scenarios for each player...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio State’s Trailer For Its Game vs. Illinois Is So Good It Gets You Excited For A Game That Should Be A Blowout

In 2013, Ohio State beat Illinois, 60-35. In 2012, the Buckeyes beat the Fighting Illini, 52-22.  This year’s matchup between the two programs shouldn’t be much different than the previous two. Urban Meyer’s squad is set to host Illinois at Ohio Stadium Saturday at 8 p.m. E.T. The Buckeyes are favored by more than 28 points in many Las Vegas sportsbooks.  Ohio State’s...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

College Basketball 2014-15: Illinois Fighting Illini Team Preview

For the first time during his tenure at Illinois, John Groce has a roster loaded with familiar faces. Of the 13 players making up this year’s...
Via Athlon Sports
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Word On The Street: Life After Elijah Thomas

If you didn’t hear, five-star power forward Elijah Thomas chose to go to Texas A&M over Illinois, Oklahoma State, and SMU. In this edition of Word On The Street, we take a look at what’s next for the Fighting Illini following the end of Thomas’ recruitment, the possibility of “Bright Lights” coming to Champaign, and also the celebration of Illinois committed players...
Via Sports Mockery
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois to wear special 'Gray Ghost' uniforms against Gophers

The Illinois Fighting Illini football program -- a loser in 18 of 19 Big Ten games in three years under head coach Tim Beckman -- can use all the help it can get these days. And, on cue, Illinois will get a motivational assist this Saturday, as it stirs memories of one of college football's most legendary figures, Harold "Red" Grange. Illinois will honor alum Grange...
Via Fox Sports North
October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Smokin’ Hot Fighting Illini Fans

There are a lot of great things about going away to college, but attending a campus that is littered with smoking hot women is right near the top. The University of Illinois continually ranks near the top when it comes to the best party schools in the country and for good reason. The top party schools ranking is based on survey questions relating to student use of alcohol and drugs...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois Basketball Hype Video Will Give You Chills

“Why can’t we become the standard of excellence? Why can’t we do that consistently? And the answer was… we can.” – John Groce Illinois basketball’s new hype video will give you chills, make you cry, or likely both. The video had one former Fighting Illini player wanting to suit up once again. THAT VIDEO GOT ME FEELING SOME TYPE OF WAY — Brandon Paul (@BP3) October...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Where Are They Today? The 2005 Fighting Illini

The 2014-2015 college basketball season is less than three weeks away from tipping off, but before becoming absorbed in the new season, it’s time to check up on the whereabouts of some Illini legends: The 2005 Fighting Illini.  Deron Williams In terms of a basketball career, Deron Williams has been far and away the most successful member of the 2005 Fighting Illini team. Williams...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois Unveils "Gray Ghost" Uniforms for Oct. 25 Game Against Minnesota

Illinois has a new uniform design for 2014, but the Fighting Illini have unveiled a special look for the Oct. 25 game against Minnesota.The “...
Via Athlon Sports
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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