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Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illinois Fighting Illini are the athletic teams of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The school colors are orange and blue and the teams compete in the Big Ten conference. The university has won two Division I National Championships since 1958 and more than 25 overall. Famous players include Red Grange, George Halas, Dick Butkus, Lou Boudreau, Dike Eddleman, Ray Nitschke and Johnny Kerr.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are the athletic teams of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The school colors are orange and blue and the teams compete in the Big Ten conference. The university has won two Division I National Championships since 1958 and more than 25 overall. Famous players include Red Grange, George Halas, Dick Butkus, Lou Boudreau, Dike Eddleman, Ray Nitschke and Johnny Kerr. « Show less

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  • Morgan Park's Marcus 'Bright Lights' LoVett Jr. shows he's real deal

    PEORIA — I have no idea where Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce was between noon and 2 p.m. on Friday. I know where he wasn't — courtside at Peoria's Carver Arena watching Morgan Park senior Marcus LoVett Jr. How do I know this?...
  • Illinois' March sadness and other silly things

    Illinois' March sadness and other silly things
    Oh baby, you're ready. You've got your brackets filled out, your money laid down, you're taking Friday afternoon off work, and you're all set to watch NCAA basketball through Sunday night. Note to the U.S. government: If you really want to solve the...
  • Grant grad Sean Wells wins Division II men's track title

    Grant grad Sean Wells wins Division II men's track title
    Several talented track athletes have graduated from Grant in recent years, and one of them just won an NCAA Division II national championship for the indoor season. Sean Wells, a junior at Grand Valley State in Michigan, won the 60-meter hurdles in...
  • Kentucky runs the table as No. 1 AP poll

    Breaking down this week's Associated Press college basketball poll: ___ LONG RUN: Kentucky, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, is the first team since Duke in 1991-92 to hold the No. 1 spot in the AP poll for the entire season. The Wildcats,...
  • Illinois, Alabama look to regroup in NIT matchup

    Illinois, Alabama look to regroup in NIT matchup
    The home team is playing on the road. The host is without a coach. This is life in the NIT, which pits third-seeded Illinois against sixth-seeded Alabama in a first-round game Tuesday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Both teams are hoping to regroup after...
  • Illinois hits the road in NIT

    Illinois hits the road in NIT
    A giant tarp covers the State Farm Center as construction crews dismantle the interior of the arena in another step of a massive renovation project. Illinois is hoping the wreckage from this basketball season is just part of a similar repair process...
  • On college basketball's best day, no one in Illinois is asked to dance

     On college basketball's best day, no one in Illinois is asked to dance
    At Valparaiso, they welcomed fans into the student union to revel in the return to an NCAA tournament the Crusaders coach, Bryce Drew, helped make special 17 years ago with a shot famous enough to use in commercials. At Notre Dame, the ACC champs all...
  • Big Ten winners and losers on Selection Sunday

    Big Ten winners and losers on Selection Sunday
    Couldn't Scott Barnes have lied? C'mon, Mr. NCAA Selection Committee Chairman. Did you really have to admit that Wisconsin would have been a No. 1 seed regardless of how the Big Ten tournament played out? OK, OK. We appreciate the honesty. And it's...
  • Virginia's No. 2 NCAA seed neither outrageous nor daunting

     Virginia's No. 2 NCAA seed neither outrageous nor daunting
    Many Virginia basketball faithful are unhappy — thank you, Twitter and email — with the NCAA tournament bracket unveiled Sunday. Two reasons. One is rooted in conference rivalry — loathing seems too strong a word for Lent — the...
  • After frittering away season, Illinois has much work to do

    After frittering away season, Illinois has much work to do
    Minutes after Illinois' NCAA postseason hopes had ended, guard Rayvonte Rice said what many basketball players whose seasons have yet to be defined say. "We can't control what the committee decides," Rice said. Many would beg to differ. The Illini...
  • Historic footage gives glimpse into 1930s-style basketball

    Historic footage gives glimpse into 1930s-style basketball
    Seated in front of a computer that wasn't his, Al Vogler leaned forward, squinting at the grainy footage on the screen. Gradually, his eyes brightened. His right hand rose from the table, throwing a thumbs-up. "I know these guys!" he said, grinning...