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tBBC Bowl Preview: Heart of Dallas Bowl — Illinois vs Lousiana Tech

HEART OF DALLAS BOWL Illinois (6-6) B1G vs Louisiana Tech (8-5) C-USU December 26, 1:00 PM EST, ESPN This year’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl is played December 26th, so if you’re not out returning the sweater that your aunt gave you as a Christmas present, you have the option to tune in to watch this game. It features a representative of the Big Ten Conference, Illinois (6...
Via Buckeye Battle Cry
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech: Betting odds, point spread and tv info for the Heart of Dallas Bowl

On Friday after Christmas college football fans will be treated to a serving of college football with the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs playing against one another in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. Illinois (6-6) and Louisiana Tech (8-5) will each be looking to end their season with a win in this bowl game. Coverage of this game will air on ESPN and...
Via Tireball.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Illini in Heart of Dallas Bowl: what to watch

Celebrate Boxing Day with the Heart of Dallas Bowl, pitting the Fighting Illini against Louisiana Tech at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, on Dec. 26 at Noon central on ESPN. It marks Illinois’ first bowl appearance since 2011 and its third in the last five years.  Yes, Tim Beckman is bowling. It still sounds weird to say. For the season, Illinois scored 88 less points than...
Via The Sports Bank
2 days ago  |  Discuss

From Illinois to La Tech and facing Illini in bowl

DALLAS (AP) Houston Bates kept telling his Illinois teammates last year how much fun it would be to play in a bowl game. The Fighting Illini now get to find out what he meant, with Bates opposing them as one of Louisiana Tech's starting defensive ends in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. ''Playing with those guys was always a fun time, but playing against them, I really don't know how it...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Basketball Targeting Duke Transfer

Duke forward Semi Ojeleye has announced that he will be transferring from the school. The Fighting Illini are one of many schools pursuing the sophomore. Originally a member of the Class of 2013, Ojeleye was rated a four star recruit by ESPN. He chose Duke over Oregon, Indiana, and Stanford, but limited playing through one and half seasons with the Blue Devils has forced him to look...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Illinois Basketball’s Electrifying Buzzer Beaters Under John Groce

The Fighting Illini picked up a win over arch-rival Missouri on Saturday thanks to a buzzer-beating step back three from Rayvonte Rice. It wasn’t the first time Illinois won a game at the buzzer under John Groce, in fact, Illinois has made six game winners since Groce became coach. Before the Fighting Illini begin their grueling Big Ten gauntlet, take a moment to enjoy these six...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois College Basketball Rankings for the Week of Dec. 22

1. Illinois (9-3). Last week: 1 Rayvonte Rice beat the buzzer to send Illinois home with a win against Missouri. The Illini wrap up non-conference play Saturday against Kennesaw State. Photo: AP / Matt Marton 2. Illinois State (6-4). Last week: 3 Illinois State’s three-game winning streak ended Saturday with a loss at Murray State. 3. Northwestern (7-4). Last week: 2 Northwestern...
Via The Catch and Shoot
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rayvonte Rice sinks Missouri on buzzer-beater

Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice gave his team Braggin’ Rights for the third straight year with this buzzer-beater Saturday:
Via The Catch and Shoot
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Illinois hits buzzer beater against Missouri

Everybody loves a good buzzer beater….well except Mizzou fans…. #BuzzerBeater @IlliniHoops with the 3-ball to stun #Mizzou at the buzzer. http://t.co/W7GBRlOLzP — ESPN Highlights (@HighlightsESPN) December 20, 2014 Rayvonte Rice #FTW!!!! #Illini #BragginRights #buzzerbeater @rayrice24 A video posted by Illinois Athletics (@illiniathletics) on Dec 12, 2014 at 1:16pm PST
Via The Student Section
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Photos: Illinois Is Wearing Awesome Throwback Uniforms For Today’s Rivalry Game vs. Missouri

For the Illinois men’s basketball team, today is one of the biggest games of the year.  It’s just a non-conference contest, but the Fighting Illini are taking on their rival, Missouri. The game has already tipped off and is being televised on ESPN.  For the game, Illinois is wearing awesome throwback uniforms. Check them out:  How about these #Illini throwback unis for #BragginRights...
Via College Spun
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini in Heart of Dallas Bowl: preview, prediction

Celebrate Boxing Day with the Heart of Dallas Bowl, pitting the Fighting Illini against Louisiana Tech at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, on Dec. 26 at Noon central on ESPN. It marks Illinois’ first bowl appearance since 2011 and its third in the last five years.  Yes, Tim Beckman is bowling. It still sounds weird to say. For the season, Illinois scored 88 less points than...
Via The Sports Bank
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini in Heart of Dallas Bowl: five things to watch

Celebrate Boxing Day with the Heart of Dallas Bowl, pitting the Fighting Illini against Louisiana Tech at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, on Dec. 26 at Noon central on ESPN. It marks Illinois’ first bowl appearance since 2011 and its third in the last five years.  Yes, Tim Beckman is bowling. It still sounds weird to say. For the season, Illinois scored 88 less points than...
Via The Sports Bank
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini basketball: five major issues in need of repair

It’s been easy for Illini basketball fans to scapegoat Aaron Cosby. How poorly he’s shot the ball speaks for itself. He was 1-9 tonight, and here are his last 5 games before the loss to Oregon: 1-8, 2-6, 1-10, 0-6, 3-10. Illini basketball coach John Groce subbed Cosby for Kendrick Nunn in the starting five. However, Cosby, not Nunn, received the bulk of the minutes in crunch...
Via The Sports Bank
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini To Debut Silver Uniforms In Madison Square Garden

On Tuesday, December 9th, the Fighting Illini will take on Villanova in Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. The game will be on ESPN starting at 6 PM CT. It’s the first time this season that Illinois will play on the main ESPN channel, and they will be rocking their new silver uniforms for the whole world to see. According to reports, Illinois will debut their...
Via Sports Mockery
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Football Will Play in Zaxby’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl

Illinois Football, by the result of a small miracle, is officially going bowling. The Fighting Illini will play in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl against Louisiana Tech on Friday, December 26th, 12:00 PM CT. The game will be televised on ESPN. Cowboy Hats and Belt Buckles for Illini this year. Dallas-bound. — Ryan Easterling (@RyanEasterling) December 7, 2014 DALLAS! DALLAS...
Via Sports Mockery
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Giving Away 2004-2005 Starter Bobbleheads

  VIRAL - Illinois Athletics announced on Friday afternoon that they would be randomly giving away 1,000 bobbleheads of each of the starters on the 2004-2005 basketball team. Here’s when you will have a shot to win a bobblehead. Pictures of the bobbleheads can be seen below. January 7th (#24 Illinois vs. #21 Maryland): Roger Powell January 21st (#24 Illinois vs. Purdue): James...
Via Sports Mockery
20 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
26 days ago  |  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

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

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

Illinois To Debut ‘Gray Ghost’ Uniforms During Homecoming Game (Photos)

Illinois will honor arguably the best college football player of all time when it takes the field during Homecoming. The Fighting Illini will debut their “Gray Ghost” uniforms to represent Harold “Red” Grange, who earned the nickname “The Galloping Ghost” during his tenure at Illinois. This is the 90th anniversary of his historic Homecoming performance against Michigan...
Via NESN.com
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini to debut Gray Ghost uniforms on Oct. 25

The Illinois Fighting Illini will be breaking out new uniforms on October 25 for their homecoming game against Minnesota. The Fighting Illini will be debuting the Gray Ghost unis, which will honor former player Harold “Red” Grange, the Galloping Ghost. More Gray Ghost uniform detail. #Illini pic.twitter.com/EhXbBV4ovl — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) October 14, 2014 Grange...
Via Total Sports Live
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Illinois Football Teases A ‘Gray Ghost’ Uniform That Will Debut Oct. 25

Illinois football has a bye this weekend, but the Fighting Illini are already starting to attempt to get people excited about their Oct. 25 contest against Minnesota.  This afternoon, Illinois football’s Twitter account tweeted out a photo of a “Gray Host” uniform that the Illini will wear against the Golden Gophers.  Check it out:  Debuting Oct. 25. #Illini Gray Ghost...
Via College Spun
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-2015 ITH season preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

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. As John Groce enters year three in Champaign, an intriguing mix […] The post 2014-2015 ITH season preview: Illinois Fighting Illini appeared...
Via Inside the Hall
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini debuting new uniforms, possible new logo?

The Illinois Fighting Illini will debut an updated brand identity at a special event on Wednesday, April 16, starting at 7 pm at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on the UI campus. For those of you who didn’t go to business school, “brand identity” translates into logo, colors, trademark etc. Will there be a new logo? We’ll probably have to wait until the 16th to find...
Via The Sports Bank
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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