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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

Top Illinois Fighting Illini Articles

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  • Illinois coach John Groce reflects on season, wants more competitiveness

    Illinois coach John Groce reflects on season, wants more competitiveness
    Illinois coach John Groce has preached the mantra "toughness and togetherness" since arriving in Champaign three seasons ago. But it was the lack of those two qualities that caused the end-of-season collapse, he said. Groce reflected on the Illini's...
  • Come March Madness, Michigan State's Tom Izzo works his magic

    Come March Madness, Michigan State's Tom Izzo works his magic
    The calendar said March 1, but Tom Izzo knew better. It's not March until the brackets come out. So on the day that followed Feb. 28, Izzo set a lineup at Wisconsin that didn't include his most important player. He benched the bruising Branden Dawson,...
  • Boys basketball: St. Joseph's best team a tough call

    Boys basketball: St. Joseph's best team a tough call
    PEORIA — After Jordan Ash received his gold medal Saturday afternoon, he leaned over the rope that kept fans off the Carver Arena court during the postgame ceremony. On the other end was Brandon Watkins, wearing a shirt that read "St. Joseph...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Saturday's matchup: Northwestern at Illinois

    Saturday's matchup: Northwestern at Illinois
    TV/radio: 6 p.m. Saturday; BTN, WSCR-AM 670, WGN-AM 720. Records: Northwestern 14-14, 5-10 Big Ten; Illinois 17-11, 7-8. Fred Mitchell's quick look: Streaking Wildcats are seeking a fifth straight win. The last time they won five Big Ten games in a...
  • 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...