Illinois Fighting Illini

12-21

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  • The Champaign Room: Twitter reacts to Illinois' historic upset over No. 6 Wisconsin

    Amazing story from McCourt. He passed out at the bottom of the pile. No oxygen.

    -- Robert (@ALionEye) October 19, 2019

    DOWN GOES NO. 6 WISCONSIN!

    The first time the Badgers trail all year comes at the hands of @IlliniFootball.

    James McCourt wins it: pic.twitter.com/r4WwNMWe0h-- Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 19, 2019

    "I just saw a bunch of happy people." - James McCourt, on being lifted up after the game-winning kick

    -- Stephen Cohn (@stephen__cohn) October 19, 2019

    Amazing story from McCourt. He passed out at the bottom of the pile. No oxygen.

    -- Robert (@ALionEye) October 19, 2019

    DOWN GOES NO. 6 WISCONSIN!

    The first time the Badgers trail all year comes at the hands of @IlliniFootball.

    James McCourt wins it: pic.twitter.com/r4WwNMWe0h-- Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 19, 2019

    "I just saw a bunch of happy people." - James McCourt, on being lifted up after the game-winning kick

    -- Stephen Cohn (@stephen__cohn) October 19, 2019

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: 5 games that could be crucial to the Illini season

    It is exciting to think the Illini will tip-off their season in less than three weeks. I have been waiting for a while to see the basketball team lace up the sneakers. On top of just having the team back in action, they should be decent this year as well.

    I will come out with schedule predictions later on. I am usually too optimistic about the outcome of games for the Illini, so my predictions tend to be way off. The five games that I am pointing out in this write-up are based on the worst-case scenario, though.

    It is exciting to think the Illini will tip-off their season in less than three weeks. I have been waiting for a while to see the basketball team lace up the sneakers. On top of just having the team back in action, they should be decent this year as well.

    I will come out with schedule predictions later on. I am usually too optimistic about the outcome of games for the Illini, so my predictions tend to be way off. The five games that I am pointing out in this write-up are based on the worst-case scenario, though.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: Illini G Ayo Dosunmu lands on All-American team

    On Wednesday, CBS Sports released their three preseason All-American teams. On the third-team, you will find Ayo as one of the guards. The short paragraph on Ayo mentions that it would have been understandable if he declared for the NBA after last season, and he would be on an NBA roster right now. It also states that he has come back and should help lead Illinois to the postseason.

    I am a little bias but I think Ayo should be on the first-team list. There are a bunch of freshmen ahead of him who haven't played a single game of college basketball yet.

    On Wednesday, CBS Sports released their three preseason All-American teams. On the third-team, you will find Ayo as one of the guards. The short paragraph on Ayo mentions that it would have been understandable if he declared for the NBA after last season, and he would be on an NBA roster right now. It also states that he has come back and should help lead Illinois to the postseason.

    I am a little bias but I think Ayo should be on the first-team list. There are a bunch of freshmen ahead of him who haven't played a single game of college basketball yet.

  • The Champaign Room: Illinois Basketball Schedule Preview: The Non-Conference Slate

    Last season the Fighting Illini men's basketball team played one of the most demanding schedules in the country. Gonzaga, Iowa State, Xavier, Georgetown, Notre Dame, UNLV and Missouri were each featured on the 2018-19 schedule. All but one of those opponents -- UNLV -- defeated Illinois. It actually could've been even tougher (the Illini avoided playing Duke, Arizona, Auburn and San Diego State in the Maui Invitational). And I didn't even mention the newly-introduced 20-game B1G season.

    Year three for Brad Underwood is a big one. Illinois has actual expectations, with many analysts predicting a return to the NCAA Tournament.

    Last season the Fighting Illini men's basketball team played one of the most demanding schedules in the country. Gonzaga, Iowa State, Xavier, Georgetown, Notre Dame, UNLV and Missouri were each featured on the 2018-19 schedule. All but one of those opponents -- UNLV -- defeated Illinois. It actually could've been even tougher (the Illini avoided playing Duke, Arizona, Auburn and San Diego State in the Maui Invitational). And I didn't even mention the newly-introduced 20-game B1G season.

    Year three for Brad Underwood is a big one. Illinois has actual expectations, with many analysts predicting a return to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: What the Illini lineup could look like with KK Robinson

    One of the top targets for the Illini right now is KK Robinson. He is a kid who could help replace Ayo Dosunmu once he departs after the season. But Robinson will not be an easy recruit to land. If we do land him, though, this Illinois team is going to be extremely dangerous.

    Here is what the Illini lineup could look like with KK Robinson.

    No. 1 Guard Starter: KK Robinson

    If KK Robinson decides Illinois is the best place for him to play college basketball, then I think he starts at the No.

    One of the top targets for the Illini right now is KK Robinson. He is a kid who could help replace Ayo Dosunmu once he departs after the season. But Robinson will not be an easy recruit to land. If we do land him, though, this Illinois team is going to be extremely dangerous.

    Here is what the Illini lineup could look like with KK Robinson.

    No. 1 Guard Starter: KK Robinson

    If KK Robinson decides Illinois is the best place for him to play college basketball, then I think he starts at the No.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: 3 biggest what-ifs for the Illini over the last decade

    Since the turn of the decade, Illinois has only made two NCAA tournaments. They have gone through three different head coaches, four if you are counting interim head coach Jamall Walker. Illinois has also had three different athletic directors, each who wanted their own head coach.

    There has still been talent that has come through Champaign during this time, though. Bruce Weber was able to get a couple of great recruiting classes. The talented in-state players he was able to snag from his last two classes were impressive.

    Groce didn't have nearly the recruiting success of Weber or his successor, Brad Underwood.

    Since the turn of the decade, Illinois has only made two NCAA tournaments. They have gone through three different head coaches, four if you are counting interim head coach Jamall Walker. Illinois has also had three different athletic directors, each who wanted their own head coach.

    There has still been talent that has come through Champaign during this time, though. Bruce Weber was able to get a couple of great recruiting classes. The talented in-state players he was able to snag from his last two classes were impressive.

    Groce didn't have nearly the recruiting success of Weber or his successor, Brad Underwood.

  • The Champaign Room: PODCAST: Oskee Talk 73 - A Change is Gonna Come

    On this episode of Oskee Talk, we recap the Michigan game. We talk about Brad Underwoods' first press conference of the season. We finish out the episode with some post-game interviews with Matt Robinson, Donny Navarro, Josh Imatorbhebhe, and Jake Hansen. Here's the rundown:

    0:31 - Michigan recap

    8:51 - Basketball press conference

    11:21 - Donny Navarro interview

    17:03 - Matt Robinson interview

    19:30 - Josh Bhebhe interview

    23:51 - Jake Hansen interview

    On this episode of Oskee Talk, we recap the Michigan game. We talk about Brad Underwoods' first press conference of the season. We finish out the episode with some post-game interviews with Matt Robinson, Donny Navarro, Josh Imatorbhebhe, and Jake Hansen. Here's the rundown:

    0:31 - Michigan recap

    8:51 - Basketball press conference

    11:21 - Donny Navarro interview

    17:03 - Matt Robinson interview

    19:30 - Josh Bhebhe interview

    23:51 - Jake Hansen interview

  • Fansided: Illinois Football: Keith Cooper receives first offer from Illini

    The defense has been a serious focus for the Orange and Blue on the recruiting trail as of late, as it should be. The Illini defense is one of the weak points on the team, and we need to get players into the program who can fix the problem. One of those players could be Keith Cooper.

    Cooper is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound weak-side defensive end from Dickinson High School in Dickinson, Texas. He isn't rated or ranked by the recruiting sites, and it looks like Illinois is the first DI scholarship Cooper has received so far during his recruitment.

    The defense has been a serious focus for the Orange and Blue on the recruiting trail as of late, as it should be. The Illini defense is one of the weak points on the team, and we need to get players into the program who can fix the problem. One of those players could be Keith Cooper.

    Cooper is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound weak-side defensive end from Dickinson High School in Dickinson, Texas. He isn't rated or ranked by the recruiting sites, and it looks like Illinois is the first DI scholarship Cooper has received so far during his recruitment.

  • The Champaign Room: Illinois Basketball 2019-20 Roster Preview: The Juniors

    The junior class welcomed a few newcomers this offseason in Austin Hutcherson and Jacob Grandison, two guys I'm going to skip over since they won't make their appearance until next season.

    Trent Frazier and Da'Monte Wiliams are all that remains from Brad Underwood's original freshmen class. Their college careers have taken completely different paths thus far.

    <strong>Trent Frazier</strong>

    2018-19 Stats: 13.7 PPG, 2.6 APG, 2.3 RPG, 40.6% 3-PT

    (Those orange throwbacks are so, so good.

    The junior class welcomed a few newcomers this offseason in Austin Hutcherson and Jacob Grandison, two guys I'm going to skip over since they won't make their appearance until next season.

    Trent Frazier and Da'Monte Wiliams are all that remains from Brad Underwood's original freshmen class. Their college careers have taken completely different paths thus far.

    <strong>Trent Frazier</strong>

    2018-19 Stats: 13.7 PPG, 2.6 APG, 2.3 RPG, 40.6% 3-PT

    (Those orange throwbacks are so, so good.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: Illini G Ayo Dosunmu makes preseason All-Big Ten team

    The obvious Illinois player to don this list is Ayo Dosunmu. He is the current leader on the team and is someone who has NBA aspirations following his sophomore season.

    Ayo came into the Illinois program has a highly touted recruit from Chicago. He was rated as a five-star combo-guard who was the No. 30 player in the class of 2018 and the No. 1 player in the state of Illinois. He didn't disappoint in year one either.

    The Illini didn't have the year they wanted last season, going 12-21 which included a second-round out in the Big Ten Tournament.

    The obvious Illinois player to don this list is Ayo Dosunmu. He is the current leader on the team and is someone who has NBA aspirations following his sophomore season.

    Ayo came into the Illinois program has a highly touted recruit from Chicago. He was rated as a five-star combo-guard who was the No. 30 player in the class of 2018 and the No. 1 player in the state of Illinois. He didn't disappoint in year one either.

    The Illini didn't have the year they wanted last season, going 12-21 which included a second-round out in the Big Ten Tournament.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: DaRon Holmes receives offer from Illini

    Illinois has added a couple of transfers in during the offseason. We have also added a big man to the mix just about a week ago. But Illinois isn't done there. They are focusing on the immediate future as well as down the road. One of their most recent offers is to DaRon Holmes.

    Holmes is a 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward from Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona. He is rated as a four-star recruit who is the No. 40 player in the class of 2021 and the No. 10 power forward in the nation.

    Illinois has added a couple of transfers in during the offseason. We have also added a big man to the mix just about a week ago. But Illinois isn't done there. They are focusing on the immediate future as well as down the road. One of their most recent offers is to DaRon Holmes.

    Holmes is a 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward from Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona. He is rated as a four-star recruit who is the No. 40 player in the class of 2021 and the No. 10 power forward in the nation.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: Andre Curbelo keeps Illini in top 5

    On Monday afternoon, Andre Curbelo announced on Twitter that he has cut his list down to just five teams. The five programs he included are Indiana, Miami (FL), Oregon, St. John's and Illinois. This is a big-time list for the Illini, but it will also be a tough test to see if we can beat out some good teams for this talented player.

    Curbelo is a 6-foot, 155-pound point guard from Long Island Lutheran High School. He is originally from Puerto Rico, though. Curbelo is rated as a four-star recruit who is the No. 55 player in the class of 2020 and the No.

    On Monday afternoon, Andre Curbelo announced on Twitter that he has cut his list down to just five teams. The five programs he included are Indiana, Miami (FL), Oregon, St. John's and Illinois. This is a big-time list for the Illini, but it will also be a tough test to see if we can beat out some good teams for this talented player.

    Curbelo is a 6-foot, 155-pound point guard from Long Island Lutheran High School. He is originally from Puerto Rico, though. Curbelo is rated as a four-star recruit who is the No. 55 player in the class of 2020 and the No.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: Illini look to rebuild guard depth with Will McClendon

    One of the most recent targets is Will McClendon. McClendon is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is rated as a four-star recruit who is the No. 65 player in the class of 2021 and the No. 14 shooting guard in the nation. He is also the No. 3 player in the state of Nevada.

    On Sunday night, McClendon took to Twitter to announce that he had received the scholarship offer from the University of Illinois. This is a big offer by the Illini considering the talent he brings to the table and the need from the Illini side.

    One of the most recent targets is Will McClendon. McClendon is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is rated as a four-star recruit who is the No. 65 player in the class of 2021 and the No. 14 shooting guard in the nation. He is also the No. 3 player in the state of Nevada.

    On Sunday night, McClendon took to Twitter to announce that he had received the scholarship offer from the University of Illinois. This is a big offer by the Illini considering the talent he brings to the table and the need from the Illini side.

  • Fansided: Illinois Basketball: Coleman Hawkins talks Illini and upcoming visits

    Hawkins took to Twitter to announce that he will be taking an official visit to Illinois on September 13-15. The visit to Champaign will be the first for Hawkins who is looking for a home to play his four years of collegiate basketball.

    Hawkins is a 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward from Prolific Prep High School in Antelope, California. He is rated as a three-star recruit who is the No. 191 player in the class of 2020 and the No. 31 power forward in the nation. He is also the No. 20 player in the state of California.

    The list of scholarship offers for Hawkins grew to around 12 over the last few months, but it looks like he is ready to start narrowing his list.

    Hawkins took to Twitter to announce that he will be taking an official visit to Illinois on September 13-15. The visit to Champaign will be the first for Hawkins who is looking for a home to play his four years of collegiate basketball.

    Hawkins is a 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward from Prolific Prep High School in Antelope, California. He is rated as a three-star recruit who is the No. 191 player in the class of 2020 and the No. 31 power forward in the nation. He is also the No. 20 player in the state of California.

    The list of scholarship offers for Hawkins grew to around 12 over the last few months, but it looks like he is ready to start narrowing his list.

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