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WATCH: Illinois G Jalen Coleman-Lands hit a buzzer-beating three

John Groce got a much-needed win on Monday night thanks to a game-winning three from Jalen Coleman-Lands Trevor Ruszkowski Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY SportsShorthanded Illinois needed a win after back-to-back losses to Providence and Chattanooga.In the second half against Chicago State, the Fighting Illini found themselves down 14. But a furious rally set up Jalen Coleman-Lands...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Upon further review: Gophers vs. Illinois

The Minnesota Gophers promised earlier in the week that there would be no letdown Saturday against Illinois. The Gophers backed up their promise, finishing with a flourish in a 32-23 win over the visiting Fighting Illini at TCF Bank Stadium. Shannon Brooks helped Minnesota surge to the finish line, registering 174 rushing yards and three touchdowns. As a result, the Gophers got their...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Gophers vs. Fighting Illini

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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers: Betting odds, point spread and tv info

On Saturday two Big Ten schools face off against one another on Saturday when the Illinois Fighting Illini travel to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Illinois (5-5) looks to move above .500 with a win against Minnesota (4-6) in this one. Coverage of this game airs on ESPN News beginning at 12:00 pm ET from TCF Bank Stadium. The Odds: Minnesota is a 4.5 point favorite against...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Providence wins 60-59 after Illinois misses flurry of shots

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Rodney Bullock's free throw with 43 seconds left gave Providence a 60-59 victory over Illinois on Wednesday night. Illinois (1-2) missed three shots in the final 10 seconds. Malcom Hill drove to the basket and missed a layup. Michael Finke grabbed the rebound but missed a dunk. The Fighting Illini again got the rebound but Hill missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

2nd Thoughts: OSU vs Illinois

It turned out to be a steady-as-she goes win for Ohio State on Saturday, as they beat Illinois 28-3. J.T. Barrett was again took the snaps, but make no mistake, this is Ezekiel Elliott’s offense. So, here we go… Special Teams It was a bit of a “yawner” day for the special teams. The return game was non-existent, literally. Jalin Marshall had one punt return for 1 yard...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois LB suspended following criminal probe in Georgia

Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Julian Jones has been placed on indefinite suspension from the team after a report from the AP stated that he was the subject of a criminal investigation in his home state of Georgia. The report only mentioned the following. The investigation is focused on an alleged crime committed somewhere in Georgia during a week the Illini were off in October...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Claim Illibuck: Ohio State releases trailer for clash against Illinois

With the return of quarterback J.T. Barrett, Ohio State travels to Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini in their first noon start of the season. For the fight over Illibuck, this year’s Fighting Illini is one of the best teams Illinois has had in years. Although they are just 5-4, the Fighting Illinois are looking to upset the Buckeyes and take back Illibuck. After winning four...
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Video: Ohio State releases hype video for Illinois game

Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are set to play the Illinois Fighting Illini this week as they look to remain undefeated. It isn’t a game that they are expected to lose, but trap games have gotten many teams their first losses of the season many times in the past. Playing this game on the road will also give the Buckeyes yet another test that they need to find a way to...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Weather, Wind, and Looking Ahead are Key Factors Against Illinois

Hello everyone and welcome as I help you get ready for this Saturday.   Our Ohio State Buckeyes will travel to Champaign, IL to face the Fighting Illini of Illinois.   Also on the line is the Illibuck trophy. As most of us know, the Illibuck trophy is a wooden turtle.  The two teams actually battled over a real turtle until it died in 1927.   Since then, the teams have played...
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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini: Betting odds, point spread and tv info

The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes will travel to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday in a Big Ten showdown. Ohio State (9-0) remains unbeaten and will look to stay that way when they travel to take on Illinois (5-4). Coverage of this game airs on ABC beginning at 12:00 pm ET from Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL. The Odds: Ohio State is a 16 point favorite against Illinois...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ohio’s Favorite Turtle

In 1925, the gentlemen of Ohio State’s junior honorary, Bucket and Dipper, had an idea: We should buy a turtle. More importantly, that turtle should serve as a living trophy to be awarded to the winner of that autumn’s Ohio State — Illinois football game. After all, Illinois had emerged as one of the Buckeyes’ chief rivals. Every year since 1919 the season ended the same...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Sad State of Illinois Football and How To Fix It

It’s a cool fall day in the mid-west, in Big Ten country. In the background you hear the Fighting Illini’s fight song “Oskee-Wow-Wow” being played, while you hear Beth Mowins’ voice that’s full of Big Ten pageantry come on the air saying, “It’s a beautiful day here in Champaign!” Unfortunately, there haven’t been many beautiful days on the field in Champaign...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Things to know about athletic turmoil at Illinois

The University of Illinois on Monday fired athletic director Mike Thomas and released the final versions of two reports on investigations into allegations of athlete mistreatment that clouded his final six months on the job. A look at those allegations and what was learned Monday in the reports from the Chicago law firm Franczek Radelet, hired by the university: THE ALLEGATIONS Former...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois fires athletic director after allegations by players

Illinois fired athletic director Mike Thomas though its investigation found no wrongdoing on his part. Stephen Haas FR170194 APCHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois fired athletic director Mike Thomas on Monday as it released the final report from its investigation into mistreatment of football and women's basketball players.The report found no wrongdoing by Thomas, according to interim Chancellor...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini Crush Boilers’ Bowl Hopes

Homecoming 2015…Purdue played host to a Fighting Illini squad with an interim head coach. The Good Guys had some good juju in the wake of Hazell’s sixth career victory as Purdue’s head man. All of the good feelings and homecoming buzzes wore off early as Purdue was nary a speed bump to the Illinois juggernaut. The Internet has stats to back this up…you can check them out…the...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

2015-16 Big Ten Basketball Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini edition

As we ramp up to the start of the college basketball season, we’re here to give you a full breakdown of each team in the Big Ten Conference. Enjoy a look at all 14 teams as the season nears its start on Nov.  It seems like every year we talk about Illinois and this being a must-win type of year for head coach John Groce. Nothing has really changed for the fourth-year head coach...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn out two months with thumb injury

A thumb injury will sideline Illinois junior guard Kendrick Nunn for eight weeks, the school announced Tuesday. The Chicago native will have surgery Wednesday after injuring a ligament in his left thumb last week. Kendrick Nunn drives against Northwestern last season.(Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune) Nunn averaged 11.1 points last season and is the team’s second-best returning...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Illini guard Kendrick Nunn set to miss eight weeks thanks to thumb surgery

Can Illinois Fighting Illini basketball and head coach John Groce catch a positive break for once? It seems like the injury bug has held this team back every year since Groce came to the Champaign campus. This season is no different, as it was announced on Tuesday that veteran guard Kendrick Nunn will miss eight weeks thanks to having surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Receiver Mike Dudek May Not Return to the Lineup this Season

University of Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek (orange jersey) has not played or practiced this season after suffering a knee injury in April ( Getty Images)   When you consider that the Illinois Fighting Illini (4-2 overall, 1-1 Big Ten Conference) haven’t done too bad for themselves so far this season, you couldn’t really tell that they’ve been without their best offensive...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois PF Leron Black to have surgery, out 4-6 weeks

Illinois sophomore forward Leron Black will miss the start of the 2015-16 season, head coach John Groce announced on Thursday during the team's media day.Black will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee, according to Marcus Jackson of the News-Gazette.“He’s probably had it for a while, to be honest,” Groce told reporters.Black averaged just...
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

2015-2016 ITH Season Preview: Illinois Fighting Illinois

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we continue our look at the Big Ten with the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Hoosiers weren’t the only Big Ten team dealing with off-court issues this summer. […] The post 2015-2016 ITH Season Preview:...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Photo: New Illinois basketball court design unveiled

The new basketball court for the Illinois Fighting Illini will be named Lou Henson Court. To go along with the new name for the court at the State Farm Center — which is named after Lou Henson, the all-time winningest coach in Illinois basketball history — the Illini have unveiled a new court design. That design was unveiled on Monday which you can see above. Hopefully having...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Photos: Illinois Is Breaking Out Its Throwbacks Again For Game vs. Indiana

Earlier in the season, Illinois wore throwback uniforms for its game against Missouri. The Illini won that December game 62-59, and now they’ll be looking to go 2-0 in the throwbacks, when Indiana comes to the State Farm Center this afternoon.  With Hoosiers in town, seems appropriate to break these out again today. #FlyinIllini #Throwbacks #Illini
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

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