Illinois State whips N Iowa 63-42, shares MVC title

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) MiKyle McIntosh scored 15 points, Paris Lee and Keyshawn Evans scored 14 apiece and Illinois State won a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title for the first time in 19 years with a 63-42 win over Northern Iowa on Saturday. The Redbirds (25-5, 17-1), who share their first title since 1997-98 with Wichita State, led 30-25 at halftime before shooting...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois State to face Colorado State in 2018

(STATS) - Illinois State and Colorado State announced a first-ever meeting Sept. 22, 2018 in Fort Collins on Thursday. Illinois State defeated an FBS opponent this past season, 9-7 at Northwestern. "I think this game is a great opportunity for our players, and I like to play one of these games at least every other year," Redbirds coach Brock Spack said. Illinois State, from the...
Via FOX Sports
4 days ago

Colorado State football adds to 2018 home slate by hosting Illinois State

Read this story at The Colorado State Rams moved one step closer to completing their 2018 non-conference football schedule Thursday, jointly announcing with Illinois State a game to be played Sept. 22, 2018 in Fort Collins. Colorado State will open the 2018 season Sept. 1 vs. Colorado in the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver. The Rams do not yet have a Sept. 8...
Via Mile High Sports
4 days ago

Takeaways from Loyola vs. Illinois State

This Illinois State-Loyola series is turning into a fun one, although the Ramblers will have to start winning more to ever make it a rivalry. Loyola took Illinois State to the wire at Redbird Arena on Sunday for the second straight year but once again fell just shy of a victory as Ben Richardson’s 40-footer at the buzzer rimmed out in a 65-63 loss. Here’s what we learned as the...
Via The Catch and Shoot
7 days ago

Illinois State downs Chicago-Loyola 65-63 behind Hawkins

NOIRMAL, Ill. (AP) Deontae Hawkins scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, including a late go-ahead free throw, and Illinois State held off Loyola of Chicago 65-63 on Sunday to win its fourth straight. The Redbirds missed three straight shots, and the Ramblers one, before Hawkins was fouled by Milton Doyle and hit two free throws with three seconds left. Ben Richardson's 3...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Makes sense: Kobe Buffalomeat is named after Kobe Bryant

Kobe Buffalomeat became a national signing day sensation due to his unique name and it didn’t take long for the Internet to take notice of the incoming Illinois State Redbirds freshman. Buffalomeat’s own Twitter bio even acknowledges that, “Yes, my name is Kobe Buffalomeat.”Buffalomeat has now revealed he is in fact named after Kobe Bryant, which actually makes a lot of sense...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Jordan Peele shouts out Illinois St. recruit Kobe Buffalomeat

One of the biggest days of the college football offseason, National Signing Day, was in full swing on Wednesday when the Illinois State Redbirds announced that a highly touted offensive lineman out of Lawrence, Kan., had joined the program’s 2017 recruit class.While that on some level is sufficient to warrant celebration on Illinois State’s behalf, it’s the young man’s incredibly...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois State Redbirds soaring towards NCAA Tournament bid, ending 19-year absence

When Dan Muller inked his signature to become the next head coach of Illinois State men’s basketball in May 2012, he quickly implemented a new tradition for the program. Following every win at Redbird Arena, the players eventually head to to the student section and join the “Red Alert” in singing the school’s fight song. Over each of the past six home games, the Redbirds...
Via The Comeback
January 25, 2017  |  Discuss

Defense fuels resurgence at Illinois State, atop the Valley

The secret to how Illinois State became one of the nation's biggest surprises is hardly a secret at all. ''We play fast. We play hard,'' senior guard Paris Lee said. The Redbirds are also quietly playing as well as anyone in the country - especially on defense. Illinois State (16-4, 8-0 MVC) has won nine straight, a stretch that includes a win over Valley powerhouse Wichita State...
Via Associated Press
January 23, 2017  |  Discuss

QB Kolbe standout in Illinois State spring game

(STATS) - Illinois State football doesn't just have a lot of talent returning this coming season, the Redbirds have a lot to be motivated about. The Redbirds, who won a share of their second straight Missouri Valley Football Conference titles, fell short of returning to the FCS national championship game when they were ousted at home as the No. 2 by Richmond in the quarterfinals...
Via FOX Sports
April 23, 2016  |  Discuss

McIntosh helps Illinois State beat Bradley 75-60

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) MiKyle McIntosh scored 14 points and Illinois State beat Bradley 75-60 on Sunday. McIntosh was 8 of 11 from the line for Illinois State (16-11, 10-4 Missouri Valley), which retains second place in the conference. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell scored 13 points, Deontae Hawkins had 11 points and Paris Lee added 10. Illinois State shot nearly 55 percent from the field...
Via Associated Press
February 14, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Montel James throws down breakaway dunk against Illinois State

Loyola lost to Illinois State on Wednesday, 78-70, but the Ramblers had one highlight reel moment as senior forward Montel James got this steal at half court and took it all the way for a one-handed flush. Ramblers and Redbirds tied 57-57 with 7:51 to go! Montel James with a monster throw down! #OnwardLU — Loyola Basketball (@RamblersMBB) February 4, 2016
Via The Catch and Shoot
February 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: Illinois State 78, Loyola 70

CHICAGO — Loyola lost control of a nine-point lead Wednesday in the second half, falling 78-70 to Illinois State. Here’s how Illinois State pulled off the road victory at Gentile Arena.   Destruction by offensive rebounding. Illinois State (13-11, 7-4 MVC) is one of the Valley’s bigger teams, and the Redbirds’ used their size to generate 15 second-chance points off 12...
Via The Catch and Shoot
February 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois State to host six in 2016

(STATS) - The winning streak at Hancock Stadium is over, but Illinois State football is preparing to start a new one with six home games in its 2016 schedule announced Thursday. The No. 5 Redbirds went 10-3 this past season, winning a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and reaching the FCS quarterfinals before losing to Richmond, which stopped their 19-game home winning...
Via Associated Press
January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

UIC unable to solve 2-3 zone, falls to Illinois State

UIC was having one of its best offensive performances of the season, scoring 0.95 points per possession through the first 24 minutes Wednesday against Illinois State’s man-to-man defense. UIC guard Dominique Matthews. (Photo: UIC Athletics)   After a timeout with 15:55 remaining, Illinois State coach switched his team into a 2-3 zone. UIC (1-7) promptly beat it with a 3...
Via The Catch and Shoot
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

UIC vs. Illinois State preview: How to watch, listen, stream, bet

UIC is still searching for its first win against a Division I opponent with Illinois State coming to town Wednesday in the renewal of an in-state rivalry that has not been played since the 2010-11 season.   What you should know about Illinois State (4-6, No. 174 KenPom): After nearly reaching the NCAA Tournament last season, Illinois State is now struggling. The Redbirds have played...
Via The Catch and Shoot
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Illinois State's DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell beats four defenders for game-winner

Illinois State, one of the top mid-major teams in the country, was in danger of fall to 0-2 early in the season on Monday night.Trailing 66-65 to Morehead State with 5.2 seconds remaining, the Redbirds got the ball into the hands of DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell. The senior guard received the pass at half at half court before beating four Eagles to the basket for the game-winning layup...
Via FOX Sports
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois State honors plane crash victims

Tragedy struck Illinois State University back in April when a plane carrying two school employees who were working the Final Four crashed and claimed the lives of seven, including deputy AD Aaron Leetch and men’s basketball associate head coach Torrey Ward. This past Saturday, as was reported by the university, the Redbird Remembrance memorial was opened to the public. It consists...
Via Campus Sports Net
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

ARCA: Grant Enfinger Illinois State Fairground Race Preview

RACE INFORMATION: Event: Crowe 100 Date: Saturday, August 23, 2015 Venue: Illinois State Fairgrounds Length: 100 laps, 100 miles Time: 1:30 p.m. CDT on CBS Sports Network Points Position: 1st  (+225) Grant Enfinger No. 23 Triple-K Construction / Baldwin Container Company Chevrolet SS Crowe 100 Event Preview –...
Via On Pit Road
August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois State F suspended after being sent home from trip

The Illinois State Redbirds’ basketball team had a successful 2014-15 season. The team recorded twenty-two wins and made an appearance in the NIT. The team is trying to improve on that this season and they begat their journey to the NCAA Tournament with an overseas trip to Spain. This trip was help give the team some extra practice before the season begins and to help build team...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois State suspends Marshaun Coprich following drug arrest

The Illinois State football program has announced that running back Marshaun Coprich has been suspended indefinitely. Last week, Coprich was arrested on drug charges. “Marshaun has been suspended, effective immediately,” Spack said in a statement.  “Though we are disappointed that he is in this situation, we will let the process continue before a final decision is made....
Via Campus Sports Net
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois State assistant coach reportedly killed in plane crash

Illinois State assistant coach Torrey Ward was one of five people killed in a plane crash after attending the NCAA tournament championship game Monday night, according to multiple reports. The crash occurred just northwest of the Bloomington, Ind., airport, according to authorities. Ward, who played at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, helped UAB reach the NCAA tournament...
Via FOX Sports
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois State assistant coach Torrey Ward dies in plane crash

By Steve DelVecchio At least five people were killed in a plane crash late Monday night when a private plane was returning to Bloomington Airport from the NCAA basketball national championship in Indianapolis. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Illinois State assistant coach Torrey Ward was among those who lost their lives. Ward, who was promoted to associate head coach of the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

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