Illinois State blows 18-point lead, gets upset in NIT on last-second foul

Illinois State’s NIT performance won’t quiet the crowd that thinks the Redbirds never belonged in the NCAA Tournament. The top-seeded Redbirds blew an 18-point lead at home against fourth-seeded UCF in the second round Monday, and the game was decided on an ill-advised defensive play by junior forward MiKyle McIntosh. Down 62-61, UCF needed to go the length of the floor with...
Via The Catch and Shoot
6 days ago

Hawkins hits 6 3s; Illinois St. beats UC Irvine 85-71 in NIT

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Deontae Hawkins made a career-high six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points to lead Illinois State to an 85-71 victory over UC Irvine in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night. Top-seeded Illinois State (28-6) bounced back from a loss to Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title game, and will play No. 4 seed Central Florida (22...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois State, Ole Miss Agree To Home-and-Home On Twitter

Illinois State has come to an agreement with Ole Miss to play a home-and-home series, and has done so in the most improbable way. After failing to make the NCAA Tournament on selection Sunday, Redbirds head coach Dan Muller is already looking to make his school more appealing to the selection committee in 2018. Muller posted an add on Twitter that appeared to be more of a comedic...
Via Campus Sports Net
13 days ago

Snubbed Illinois State coach tweets a plea for tougher opponents, lands one

Illinois State played second fiddle to Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference all season long. Despite going toe-to-toe with the Shockers in the regular season, splitting the teams' two games and actually securing the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, the national respect and attention just wasn't there. Then Wichita State won the rubber match — a 71-51 drubbing...
Via FOX Sports
13 days ago

Illinois St. coach challenges power conference teams after Tourney snub

Every year, there seems to be a team with a major gripe with the NCAA Tournament selection committee. This year, that team is the Illinois State Redbirds, who were left out with one of the better resumes on paper.Illinois State head coach Dan Muller isn’t taking the slight lying down. First he spoke out about the snub from the committee, calling their decision “idiotic.” He...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bubble Watch: Illinois State starts a long week

Imagine waiting a week to hear whether or not you have done enough to earn the biggest of your dreams. That's what Illinois State faces. The Redbirds, a true definition of a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament, lost to No. 21 Wichita State in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Tournament on Sunday. Whether or not they are in the field of 68 won't be announced until...
Via Associated Press
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Shockers defeat Illinois State for MVC title, lock NCAA Tourney bid

ST. LOUIS -- Conner Frankamp scored 19 points and Markis McDuffie added 16 as No. 21 Wichita State beat Illinois State 71-51 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game Sunday, earning an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. After splitting their regular-season series and sharing the conference championship, Wichita State left no doubt as to whom the top team in the...
Via Associated Press
21 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
February 03, 2017  |  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
February 01, 2017  |  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

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

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