Illinois has been a strong second-half team this season.
SEATTLE | Linebacker Shaq Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score, and Washington routed Illinois 44-19 on Saturday, improving to 3-0 under Chris Petersen.
CHAMPAIGN | Jon Ekey scored 19 points for the second consecutive game to lead Illinois to an easy 77-53 win over Chicago State on Friday.
Crete-Monee senior guard Michael Orris was granted release of his letter of intent to the University of Illinois on Friday, according to his AAU coach Scott Lidskin.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. | Illinois may be thin at running back for its New Year's Eve bowl game against UCLA.
SAN ANTONIO | Outside hitter Rachael Kidder had 20 kills and UCLA beat Illinois in the NCAA women's volleyball championship to give the Bruins their first title in two decades Saturday night.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. | Less than a month after a pair of losses scrambled their national title plans, No. 15 Wisconsin now is in line for a nice consolation prize: The Badgers have to win two games to make it to the first Big Ten title game.
CHAMPAIGN |Illinois linebacker Trulon Henry will miss the rest of the regular season after he was shot in the hand during a shooting at a large house party near campus hours.
Ohio State entered its game at Purdue on Saturday favored and on a hot streak, just like in 2009.
Northwestern played pinball with Indiana's defense on Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN | By the time the dark days of December 2009 rolled around, A.J. Jenkins had all but said goodbye to Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN | Demetri McCamey is in Turkey, and Mike Davis is playing ball in the Ukraine. Illinois is figuring out how to replace the two key players from last year's team.
Anna Dorn has played for top-ranked club volleyball teams, on USA Volleyball teams that were ranked at the top in the world and on the Munster High School team when it was ranked No. 1 in the region.
Shaka Smart could have been an Ivy Leaguer. He was accepted at Harvard before deciding he'd be more comfortable at a small college in Ohio. Like most of his choices, it turned out to be a wise one.
TULSA, Okla. | All those late-season struggles are behind Mike Davis and Illinois. The NCAA tournament is all that matters now.
INDIANAPOLIS | All week Zack Novak split his 1-and-1 free throws in practice.
WEST LAFAYETTE | Minutes after No. 6 Purdue's 75-67 victory over Illinois, the band played a version of DJ Khaled's "All I Do is Win" before the school honored JaJuan Johnson and E.C. Central grad E'Twaun Moore on Senior Night.
CHAMPAIGN | Coming to Illinois on Saturday, Iowa couldn't have known what sort of secret weapon it would face as it tried to end a four-game losing streak and pop the Illini's NCAA tournament bubble.
COLUMBUS, Ohio | For a half, David Lighty was almost invisible.
CHAMPAIGN | When the ball left Stu Douglass' hand, Illinois' Mike Davis was already dreading seeing where the Wolverine's shot would wind up.
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