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‘A great moment’: Coleman Hawkins records first-career triple double

‘A great moment’: Coleman Hawkins records first-career triple double

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Wow, that was awesome. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Have yourself a night, Coleman. The Illini big man had a career night as he recorded his first ever triple-double in the blowout 73-44 win over Syracuse. “Not that I know of,” said Hawkins when asked if he’s ever had a triple-double in his overall playing career. So the junior forward absolutely treasured what happened Tuesday night. “It was a great moment,” Hawkins said. Finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists — Hawkins was a huge reason the Illini were able to...
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Underwood secures 100th victory in Syracuse blowout

Underwood secures 100th victory in Syracuse blowout

Evan McClintock // TCR Coleman Hawkins had a big night in the Illini win. CHAMPAIGN, Ill — The Illini were in the zone on Tuesday night. Brad Underwood secured win No. 100 in his Illini career and Coleman Hawkins had his first-career triple-double as Illinois topped Syracuse 73-44 at State Farm Center in their final Big Ten/ACC Challenge game ever. It was a slow and sloppy start for both teams, but the Illini (6-1) showed why they are ranked No. 16 in the country — proving to be too much for the Orange. If there’s one thing you know about taking on head coach...
16 hours ago
The Big Ten West is getting competitive: Illinois has to keep pace

The Big Ten West is getting competitive: Illinois has to keep pace

Photo by Michael Hickey/ Illinois lost three games it should have won, and those losses will be killers in the future. In 1996, legendary Long island-based hip hop trio De La Soul released the classic album. Stakes Is High. The album is seen by many fans of a certain vintage as the exclamation point that signaled the end of hip hop’s golden era. It capitalized on the critical backlash to emerging commercialism of hip hop music as a product and the desire of hip hop-obsessed purists to take one last stand against shiny suit rap. The album peaked at No. 13 on the US...
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‘We’re not gonna shy away from it’: Illinois hosting upset-minded Orange

‘We’re not gonna shy away from it’: Illinois hosting upset-minded Orange

Photo by Michael Hickey/ The Battle of the Orange and Blues is here. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Big Ten-ACC Challenge is seeing a long journey draw to a close. Starting its challenge in 1999, the yearly competition between two marquee conferences comes to an end this fall. In an event that Illinois had little impact on for years, the program enters the Big Ten-ACC Challenge’s final year as one of the more elite teams in the mix. On Tuesday night, the Illini can improve on an impressive 5-1 start to the season, and what better way to do so than against one of the most...
Nov 29, 2022
How to Watch Illinois vs. Syracuse: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds

How to Watch Illinois vs. Syracuse: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds

Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports It’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge gameday! How to Watch No. 16 Illinois vs. Syracuse Game time: 6:30 p.m. TV Channel: ESPN Online Streaming: fuboTV and DirectTV Stream Radio: All Illinois basketball games air live on radio in the Champaign (WDWS-AM 1400) and Chicago (WLS-AM 890) markets. The game will also be broadcasted on other networks throughout the state; check the Fighting Illini Radio Network for more information. Odds: Illinois -11.5, O/U 144.5 Quick Hits Illinois Fighting Illini (5-1) Head Coach: Brad Underwood (6th Season, 99-67) Last...
Nov 28, 2022
This Week in Illini Athletics: Nov. 28 - Dec 4, 2022

This Week in Illini Athletics: Nov. 28 - Dec 4, 2022

Craig Pessman The spring season is giving way to winter. Welcome to “This Week in Illini Athletics,” a weekly review of the past week of Illini sports and a preview of the week to come. Football (8-4 Overall, 5-4 Big Ten) Last Week: The hat is coming home! Illinois dominated “little brother” Northwestern at Ryan Field, 41-3. The Brown brothers (Sydney and Chase) accounted for 3 of Illinois touchdowns, as Sydney outdid his brother with 2 of them. Illinois offense looked a little wobbly as Tommy DeVito finished with 136 yards and an INT. During this blowout...
Nov 28, 2022
PODCAST: Oskee Talk Episode 233 - You Can Leave Your Hat On

PODCAST: Oskee Talk Episode 233 - You Can Leave Your Hat On

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports The HAT stays in Champaign, but there is a lot more to be thankful for. On this post-Thanksgiving episode of Oskee Talk, we dig in to a heaping helping of holiday hoops (8:15), recap Illinois football’s win over Northwestern (18:50), plus we examine the rarity of the 2022 football season (38:20). We wrap up the episode with our Illini of the Week (48:35). Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Check out this week’s episode HERE.
Nov 27, 2022
Bret Bielema is still the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year

Bret Bielema is still the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year

Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Let’s get some perspective on the season and program. It is Nov. 27, 2022, and many Illini football fans can’t believe that their team is not the Big Ten West Champions. If I typed that first sentence four months ago, I would have likely needed a full psychiatric evaluation and a padded room for my own safety. Illinois had EIGHT wins this season, and this is real life. It is the most wins for Illinois football since 2007, when The Zooker had the Illini in the Rose Bowl and finished 9-4 on the season. ...
Nov 26, 2022
I’m thankful for this season

I’m thankful for this season

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports And it’s not done yet. Let’s not sugarcoat it: Illinois didn’t do its job down the stretch, and the Illini now won’t get another shot at Michigan next week in the Big Ten Championship. That stinks. And a 41-3 throttling of Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field doesn’t change that. But I think the entire scenario I just laid out — which all happened — would have had most Illini fans ecstatic in August. I remember driving down I-57 to the Wyoming game in late August. The car conversation focused on, “Do you think we can...
Nov 26, 2022
Illinois keeps The Hat, falls short in Big Ten West

Illinois keeps The Hat, falls short in Big Ten West

TCR // David Emuze The Illini poured it on against Northwestern. EVANSTON, Ill. — At least the Illini ended the regular season on a high note. Just three short weeks ago, Illinois (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) controlled its own destiny in the West with a 4-1 conference record, but a three-game skid halted that. Heading to Ryan Field on Saturday, the Illini knew they needed some help this weekend to claim their spot in Indy. Illinois knew its part this weekend was to beat lowly Northwestern (1-11, 1-8 Big Ten), a team that hadn’t won since August (in Ireland). Behind a...
Nov 26, 2022
How to Watch Illinois at Northwestern: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds

How to Watch Illinois at Northwestern: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds

Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports They’re battling for the Hat. How to Watch Illinois (7-4) at Northwestern (1-10) Game Time: 2:30 p.m. TV Channel: BTN Online streaming: FoxSportsGO Odds: ILL -14.5, O/U 38 Quick Hits Illinois Fighting Illini Head Coach: Bret Bielema (12-11, 2nd season) 2021-22 record: 5-7 (4-5 Big Ten) Gameday Reading: Northwestern Wildcats Head Coach: Pat Fitzgerald (110-100, 17th season) 2021-22 record: 3-9 (1-8 Big Ten) Gameday Reading: What Happened The Last Time These Teams Played? Nov. 27, 2021: Illinois 47, Northwestern 14 CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —...
Nov 25, 2022
Breakout nights from Clark, Melendez highlight Illinois blowout

Breakout nights from Clark, Melendez highlight Illinois blowout

Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports The Illini bounced back from their defeat in Vegas. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Back in the W column. Following an intense weekend of hoops in Las Vegas that featured two games against top-20 opponents, No. 16 Illinois returned home and took care of Lindenwood, 92-59, on Friday night at State Farm Center. This one was high scoring early, with the Illini finding themselves in front 12-9 less than four minutes into the game before quickly pulling away and outscoring the Lions 37-16 heading into the break. Two guys who had been rather quiet...
Nov 25, 2022
How Illinois can still win the Big Ten West

How Illinois can still win the Big Ten West

Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via It’s not that difficult. I’m writing this late Friday morning, so hopefully it stays relevant longer than a few hours, but let’s make it short and sweet. Illinois, despite a three-game skid, can STILL win the Big Ten West this weekend... and it’s not that complicated. All the Illini need is... Nebraska to defeat Iowa on Friday Indiana to defeat Purdue on Saturday Illinois beats Northwestern on Saturday If those three things happen, the Illini punch their ticket to Indy for the first time....
Nov 25, 2022
Mikel Leshoure made history against Northwestern. Can Chase Brown top him?

Mikel Leshoure made history against Northwestern. Can Chase Brown top him?

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ On the eve of the HAT game, let’s look back on one of the most impressive Illini performances of all time. The rivalry between the Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini admittedly doesn’t have the same luster as Michigan/Ohio State, Alabama/Auburn, or Oklahoma/Texas, but it’s certainly delivered some memorable moments. Remember last year? In the waning seconds of Illinois' 47-14 win, Bret Bielema brought out injured seniors Mike Epstein and Jake Hansen for the final kneeldown. Or how about 2014’s season finale, when a...
Nov 25, 2022
Our writers think Illinois bounces back against Northwestern

Our writers think Illinois bounces back against Northwestern

Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports We see the Illini ending the regular season on a high note. Ethan Holesha: Illinois 42, Northwestern 7 Illinois is coming off of three straight losses so this will be a big frustration win. Northwestern has been horrendous all year and will be dominated by the Illini. Look for massive games from Tommy Devito and Chase Brown. Matt Rejc: Illinois 38, Northwestern 10 Only horrible turnover luck or another bizarre weather day could make this a competitive game. This is far and away the worst Northwestern team that the Illini have faced in...