1:19 AM EST, Mon December 22, 2014

Illinois (6-6) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-5) (ET)

GAME NOTES: The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look to take down a power five conference team when they take on the Big Ten's Illinois Fighting Illini in the Heart of Dallas…

East grad Hill still working out the kinks for Illini

CHAMPAIGN – In late October, just after Malcolm Hill turned 19, John Groce was joking about how his sophomore forward seems so young.
Preview: Missouri-Illinois Braggin' Rights game

Preview: Missouri-Illinois Braggin' Rights game

All-time series • Illinois leads 28-16; in St. Louis, Illinois leads 21-12
Bernie Bytes: Little sizzle for Braggin' Rights

Bernie Bytes: Little sizzle for Braggin' Rights

With Mizzou rebuilding, the annual game vs. Illinois isn't as hot on the hype meter. Plus: the Blues and Martin Brodeur, and Darlene Love on Letterman.
Belleville East's Hill adjusts to bigger role with Illini

Belleville East's Hill adjusts to bigger role with Illini

He is just 19 and still learning, but the Illini need him to play like a veteran
Illinois gets the win, but it’s nothing to brag about

Illinois gets the win, but it’s nothing to brag about

Stellar free-throw shooting, defense make the difference for Illini.

Northwestern Wildcats season review

Our week-long review of the 2014 season for each Big Ten program rolls on with the Northwestern Wildcats. Overview: No team in the Big Ten had as many zeniths and nadirs as Northwestern during the 2014 season. The Wildcats beat two ranked opponents and still managed to miss a bowl game. The season got off to an embarrassing start when the offense, in a 24-7 win, was outgained by Western Illinois after losses to Cal and Northern Illinois. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald challenged his players' toughness and got a three-game winning streak, capped by knocking off West Division champ Wisconsin.
Illini need to find finishing touch

Illini need to find finishing touch

Game with Hampton is one of three non-conference dates left before Big Ten slate begins.
Illini fall to Oregon in Chicago

Illini fall to Oregon in Chicago

Oregon has 11-0 run to take control and win game 77-70.
Groce looking for better defense from Illini

Groce looking for better defense from Illini

Coach may tinker with starting lineup.
Illini fall to No. 7 Villanova

Illini fall to No. 7 Villanova

Hill’s 20 points not enough in 73-59 loss.

Marching Illini to play at Texas holiday bowl game

The University of Illinois' 360-member marching band is heading south to Texas for the Christmas holiday.
Illini brace for 'nasty' Villanova

Illini brace for 'nasty' Villanova

Illinios hopes to keep breakdowns to a minimum against turnover-inducing Wildcats.
Illinois gets bowl game against Louisiana Tech

Illinois gets bowl game against Louisiana Tech

Tumbling dice land Illini a Dec. 26 matchup in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, team’s first bowl appearance since 2011.

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl: Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (6-6) vs. LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS (8-5) DEC. 26, 1 P.M. ET, DALLAS, TEXAS, COTTON BOWL (ESPN) ILLINOIS BREAKDOWN Season highlights: After spending virtually the entire year on the hot seat and answering questions about his job status, Tim Beckman rallied the Illini to consecutive wins over Penn State and Northwestern over the past two weeks of the regular season to earn a bowl bid. Even before climbing back into the postseason picture, Illinois had shown signs of improvement with a significant upset over Minnesota in October, and without that victory, the narrow win...