blog posts Illinois Field set for today's home opener Mar 8, 2022 8:45 am Illini baseball will host Eastern Illinois for the team's home opener at 4 p.m. The Illini picked up their first ranked win of the season on Saturday, a 6-2 victory over No. 25 West Virginia. U of I's Dodson leads Team USA Sled Hockey into Beijing Semifinals Mar 7, 2022 10:00 am Team USA earned a bye into the semifinal round and will next play on Friday, March 11, at either 12:05 p.m. or 8:05 p.m. local time. Three Illini Wrestlers place at 2022 Big Ten Championships Mar 7, 2022 8:45 am Zac Braunagel (third place, 184-pounds), Lucas Byrd (fourth place, 133-pounds), and Luke Luffman (sixth place, 285-pounds) each earned top-eight finishes at the 2022 Big Ten Championships at Pinnacle Bank Arena this weekend. The 50th anniversary of Title IX and Fighting Illini Athletics Mar 1, 2022 11:30 am In 2022—the golden anniversary of the Title IX Amendment—the University of Illinois celebrates this historic moment, recognizing not only athletic achievements by Illini women, but also celebrating their wide-ranging career successes. Illini comeback efforts narrowly fall short against Buckeyes Feb 25, 2022 9:00 am With just under six minutes to play, Illinois faced a 16-point deficit against Ohio State. But Coleman Hawkins, Trent Frazier, Jacob Grandison and Alfonso Plummer rallied to bring Illinois back within two points with two minutes to play. Orange Out: Illini host Ohio State tonight at State Farm Center Feb 24, 2022 10:00 am No. 15 Illinois takes on No. 22 Ohio State (8 p.m. CT, FS1). Illinois is seeking its 20th victory, which would mark three straight 20-win seasons for the first time since 2009 through 2011, and the 35th 20-win season in school history. Illini Softball's Vickery named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week Feb 22, 2022 9:00 am After a red-hot weekend at the plate, redshirt sophomore Jaelyn Vickery was named co-B1G Player of the Week. Vickery went 8-for-16 at the plate this weekend with three doubles, two home runs, and four RBIs, plus three steals. Illini Softball downs #10 Arkansas in late inning rally Feb 21, 2022 8:45 am The win marks Illinois' first win over a top-10 program since the Illini defeated #6 Minnesota in 2017, and the ninth overall top-10 win in program history. #12 Illini at #19 Michigan State Saturday Feb 18, 2022 4:30 pm The Illini finish a stretch of four out of five games on the road on Saturday afternoon at No. 19 Michigan State. Illinois has won nine of its last 13 games against top 25 teams, but is looking for its first win at Michigan State since 2015. Illini Baseball begins 143rd season in Texas this weekend Feb 18, 2022 8:45 am Illinois baseball begins its season with a trip to Corpus Christi, Texas, where they'll play a three-game series against Kansas at Whataburger Field. The Illini have 24 players returning from last season, plus 13 newcomers, including four transfers. Illini Women's Basketball ready for road matchup at Purdue Feb 17, 2022 9:00 am The Fighting Illini face their penultimate road test of the 2021-22 regular season, traveling to West Lafayette, Ind., for rematch against Purdue. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT at Mackey Arena. #12 Illini at Rutgers tonight Feb 16, 2022 8:45 am The Illini are back on the road for two games this week to wrap up a stretch with four out of five away from home, beginning at Rutgers (6 p.m. CT, BTN). Rutgers is on a three-game winning streak. Nye, Bostic post standout performances in loss to Ohio State Feb 15, 2022 8:00 am Aaliyah Nye poured in a career-high 25 points and Kendall Bostic tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds, but No. 18 Ohio State's potent offense and full-court press led them to a win at State Farm Center. Women's Basketball welcomes Nebraska Saturday Feb 11, 2022 5:15 pm The Fighting Illini continue a three-game home stand - all against foes ranked or receiving top-25 votes - hosting the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT at State Farm Center. Illini Wrestling travels Wisconsin, Nebraska for final duals Feb 11, 2022 9:45 am The Illini travel to No. 13 Wisconsin (7 p.m. CT on Friday evening) and No. 12 Nebraska (11 a.m. CT on Sunday) for weekend dual meets prior to the start of the postseason. Women's Tennis still undefeated at home, Braggin' Rights match coming Sunday Feb 10, 2022 7:00 am Illinois continues its three-match homestand with a Braggin' Rights match against Missouri on Sunday in Atkins Tennis Center following a 7-0 sweep of Illinois State this past weekend to remain undefeated at home. Illini fall to Boilermakers in Mackey Arena Feb 9, 2022 9:45 am The Illini dropped their first game in nearly three weeks to the Boilermakers, 84-68. While Illinois entered the game atop the Big Ten conference, it is now tied with Purdue and Wisconsin for the number one spot. Cockburn collects honors after big week Feb 8, 2022 9:30 am Kofi is Big Ten Player of the Week. Also selected National Player of the Week by the Naismith Trophy, NCAA March Madness, and Dick Vitale. He averaged 27 points, 10 rebounds in a pair of victories that kept the Illini atop B1G standings. Game Preview: Illini Men's Basketball at Indiana Saturday Feb 4, 2022 4:30 pm Illinois plays four of its next five games on the road, beginning Saturday at Indiana. And, Illinois' next four road opponents are a combined 43-5 on their home courts. The Illini, meanwhile, have won seven of their last eight B1G road games. Illini host Minnesota, Indiana for a pair of weekend B1G duals Feb 4, 2022 8:45 am Illini wrestling is set to host a pair of weekend dual meets - Minnesota comes on Friday night, followed by Indiana on Sunday afternoon. Prior to Sunday's dual, the seniors on the Fighting Illini wrestling team will be recognized. Men's Basketball: #18 Illini host #11 Wisconsin tonight Feb 2, 2022 8:45 am Illinois is facing a ranked opponent for the second straight home game in No. 11 Wisconsin. In its last appearance at State Farm Center, the Illini defeated No. 10 Michigan State, recording its ninth top-10 win in the last three years. Cockburn named to Wooden Award late season Top 20 Feb 1, 2022 8:45 am Cockburn is a top contender for the Wooden Award, which has been presented annually since 1976 to the nation's most outstanding college basketball player. He is one of just two players nationally averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Illini Wrestling hosts Northwestern for Saturday afternoon dual Jan 28, 2022 8:45 am Illinois hosts Northwestern on Saturday for another Big Ten dual. The meet will begin at 1 p.m. CT and will air on Big Ten Network. Both teams are searching for their first Big Ten dual win of the season. Admission is free. Game preview: #24 Illini host #10 Michigan State tonight Jan 25, 2022 9:15 am After starting Big Ten play 6-0, Illinois has dropped two straight and aims to get back on the winning track Tuesday night at home against 10th-ranked and conference leader Michigan State (6 p.m. CT, ESPN). Illini Women's Tennis pushes win streak to four with Sunday sweeps Jan 24, 2022 8:30 am The team earned a doubleheader sweep with wins over Eastern Illinois and Chicago State,on Sunday. After falling to then-No. 11 Baylor in its season opener, the Illini have won four-straight for a 4-1 overall record in the young season. Game Preview: #17 Illini at Maryland Friday night Jan 20, 2022 4:45 pm After having its six-game winning streak snapped and suffering its first Big Ten loss on Monday to No. 4 Purdue in double overtime, No. 17 Illinois Men's Basketball looks to get back on the winning track Friday night at Maryland (6 p.m.). Illini Women's Basketball hosts Purdue tonight Jan 20, 2022 8:30 am The Fighting Illini women's basketball team opens up a two-game home stand this week with tonight's 7 p.m. matchup against Purdue at State Farm Center. Aja Evans named US Olympic Bobsled Team alternate Jan 19, 2022 9:30 am Evans, a five-time Track & Field All-American and three-time Big Ten champion at Illinois, transitioned to bobsledding in March of 2012. By the end of her first season, she was named USA Bobsled's Rookie of the Year. Frazier named Big Ten Player of the Week Jan 18, 2022 8:45 am Trent Frazier earns the award for the first time in his career after averaging 23.5 points, 6.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds in a pair of Illini wins last week, taking over down the stretch in both contests. Frazier's second half burst leads Illini past Michigan Jan 15, 2022 4:00 pm A dominant start to the second half from Kofi Cockburn combined with an electric end to the game from Trent Frazier, led the No. 25 Illini (13-3) to a 68-53 victory and a 6-0 Big Ten record. Illini Men's Basketball hosts Michigan tonight Jan 14, 2022 9:00 am Illinois has a nine-game conference winning streak, claiming its final four games last season along with this year's 5-0 start. It's Illinois' longest streak since setting a school record with 25 consecutive B1G victories across the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Big Ten changes 2022 football schedule Jan 13, 2022 9:15 am Illinois' crossover games with the Big Ten East Division now include Indiana, Michigan State, and Michigan. The trip to Indiana has been added to the 2022 schedule and a trip to Penn State has been removed. Frazier, Payne step up in victory over Cornhuskers Jan 12, 2022 9:15 am In a back and forth game Tuesday night, Illini basketball prevailed to stay undefeated in conference play, beating the Cornhuskers 81-71. After being tied with four minutes left, the Illini ended the game on a 16-6 run, fueled by Trent Frazier and Omar Payne. Illini, back in AP Top 25, take on Nebraska tonight Jan 11, 2022 8:45 am Illinois is 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Illinois is looking for its first 5-0 Big Ten start since 2005, when it won its first 15 league games. Illini Women's Basketball surges past Wisconsin, 68-47 Jan 10, 2022 9:15 am The Fighting Illini women's basketball team used a stellar second half to capitalize on a record shooting performance by Aaliyah Nye in a 68-47 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday afternoon at State Farm Center. Illini come back against Maryland for fourth conference win Jan 7, 2022 8:30 am After trailing at halftime, the Illini played a dominant second half, fueled by Trent Frazier's threes and Kofi Cockburn's paint presence, to secure a victory over Maryland. Only Michigan State and Illinois remain unbeaten in the B1G. Ayo Dosunmu night: Illini host Terps tonight Jan 6, 2022 9:00 am Former Illini star and Chicago Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu will attend Thursday's game and participate in a halftime banner raising ceremony as he joins the Illinois Basketball Honored Jerseys program. Cockburn leads Illini past Golden Gophers Jan 5, 2022 8:45 am Kofi secured his eigth double-double of the season with 29 points and 10 rebounds. With the Big Ten season in full swing now, the Illini move to 3-0 in conference and are tied at the top with Michigan State and Ohio State. Men's Basketball secures Braggin' Rights win Dec 23, 2021 9:30 am Hungry for a win after dropping the series' last three games, Illinois took back the trophy with a commanding 88-63 win over Missouri, led by dominant performances from Kofi Cockburn and Alfonso Plummer. Braggin' Rights on the line tonight Dec 22, 2021 9:00 am After a one-year absence, the Braggin' Rights game between Illinois and Missouri is back at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. What you need to know to attend the Braggin' Rights game on Wednesday Dec 21, 2021 8:00 am Everyone 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test to attend the Men's Basketball 'Braggin' Rights' between Illinois and Missouri. Illini have record-breaking day in win over Red Flash Dec 20, 2021 8:45 am Illinois basketball had its best offensive outing of the season with a 106-48 win over Saint Francis Pennsylvania at State Farm Center, including a record-breaking 18 three-pointers, the most in program history. 2001 and 2002 Big Ten Champions to be honored Saturday Dec 14, 2021 10:15 am Illini Men's Basketball will hold an alumni reunion this weekend, in conjunction with Saturday's home game against St. Francis PA (12 p.m., BTN)., including special recognition to mark the 20-year anniversary of back-to-back Big Ten championships. McKenzie, Brown lead Illini Women's Basketball past Butler Dec 13, 2021 9:30 am A trio of guards tallied double-figures scoring, led by career-high point totals from freshman Adalia McKenzie and junior De'Myla Brown, as Illinois downed visiting Butler, 78-66, on Sunday afternoon at State Farm Center. Ayo Dosunmu returns Jan. 6 for Honored Jersey unveiling Dec 9, 2021 10:00 am Fighting Illini all-time great and current Chicago Bulls rookie guard Ayo Dosunmu will return to the U of I campus on Thursday, Jan. 6, participating in a ceremony as he joins the Illinois Basketball Honored Jerseys program. Women's Basketball opens Big Ten play at Michigan State Dec 8, 2021 9:30 am The Illini enter Thursday conference opener at Michigan State with a record of 4-4 and are looking for their first road win of the season. They are coming off of a 71-57 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Sunday. Volleyball: Match times set for NCAA Austin Regional Dec 7, 2021 9:30 am Match times have been released for the NCAA Volleyball Austin Regional, with the Illinois volleyball team set to play No. 10 seed Nebraska at 8:30 p.m. CT on Thursday (December 9). The match will be televised on ESPNU. Illini Men's Basketball grabs road victory at Iowa Dec 7, 2021 8:00 am Illinois came out of Iowa City with a win to secure the first Big Ten road game of the season. The Illini's balanced offensive attack - four guys scored over 15 points - helped elevate them to their fifth straight victory. Big Ten road opener tonight at Iowa Dec 6, 2021 10:00 am Illinois is coming off an 86-51 home win over Rutgers on Friday to start Big Ten play, its largest margin of victory in a conference game since 2005. The Illini also carry a four-game winning streak into the contest. Dance continues as Illini stun Kentucky for trip to Sweet 16 Dec 6, 2021 8:00 am Illini Volleyball is Sweet 16 bound for the third time under head coach Chris Tamas as the Illini shocked defending national champion Kentucky in a 3-1 victory in the NCAA Tournament second round on Saturday (December 4).