blog posts Big Ten's Men's basketball schedule released Sep 20, 2023 9:45 am Illinois is the Big Ten's most winning team in conference play over the last four years, with Head Coach Brad Underwood directing the program to a 55-25 record. Barnes Becomes Two-Time Captain, First in Family to Earn College Degree Sep 18, 2023 11:00 am Linebacker Tarique Barnes is competing in his fifth season at Illinois and working toward a master’s degree in strategic brand communication. Illinois takes on Penn State Sept. 16 Sep 11, 2023 1:45 pm Illinois welcomes #7 Penn State to Memorial Stadium on Sept. 16 Illinois on the road to take on Kansas tonight Sep 8, 2023 11:00 am For the first time this season, Illinois will hit the road, traveling to Lawrence, Kansas, to take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Friday night in the first meeting between the two programs in 55 years. Kickoff at 6:30 pm central time. Road tests at UIC and Notre Dame Tournament await Illini Volleyball Sep 5, 2023 8:00 am Illinois volleyball prepares for matches against UIC, Notre Dame and Oklahoma this week. The Fighting Illini face the Flames at Credit Union 1 Arena tonight at 5 p.m. Home matches against Wichita State and Illinois State await Illini Volleyball Sep 1, 2023 10:00 am Illinois volleyball hosts Wichita State and Illinois State at Huff Hall this weekend. The Fighting Illini battle the Shockers on Friday at 5 p.m. before facing the Redbirds on Sunday at 1 p.m. Illinois Football home opener Saturday against Toledo Aug 29, 2023 2:45 pm Illini football opens the 134th season in program history with a game against the reigning MAC champion Toledo Rockets on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Opening kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT on Big Ten Network. Altmyer named Fighting Illini starting quarterback Aug 23, 2023 11:45 am Altmyer was 28-for-54 passing (51.9%) for 317 yards and three touchdowns during his time at Ole Miss. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 10 transfer quarterback in the nation heading into 2023. Illini to host Kansas in charity exhibition game benefiting Maui wildfire relief Aug 21, 2023 10:00 am The men's basketball programs will partner in a charity exhibition game (5 p.m., Oct. 29) at State Farm Center and televised by BTN. All proceeds from this game will be donated to the Hawai'i Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund. U of I Golf coach Mike Small wins 14th Illinois PGA Professional Championship Aug 17, 2023 4:15 pm Coach Small's 14 Illinois PGA Professional titles extend his Illinois PGA record, and now make him the winningest PGA Professional at a section championship across all 41 sections nationwide. Illini blow past Catalonia All-Stars, 103-69 Aug 14, 2023 10:15 am Four players, including freshman Amani Hansberry and sophomore Ty Rodgers, scored in double figures as Illinois emphasized its transition game and offensive rebounding in a 103-69 victory Sunday over the Catalonia All-Stars. Entertainment lineup set for Grange Grove tailgating season Aug 8, 2023 10:30 am Grange Grove has live music, a kids' zone, the Busey Bank Illini Sports Network pregame radio show and more. Grange Grove opens each gameday at 7 a.m. CT, and pregame entertainment begins three hours prior to kickoff. Jim Leonhard named Illinois’ senior football analyst Jul 26, 2023 11:00 am Leonhard joins the Illini from Wisconsin, where he spent the last seven seasons on staff, including serving as interim head coach for seven games in 2022. Wenninger, Gowens selected on day two of MLB draft Jul 11, 2023 10:15 am The University of Illinois had two players taken in during day two of the 2023 MLB Draft, both right-handed pitchers. Jack Wenninger is heading to the New York Mets, and Riley Gowens will join the Atlanta Braves organization. Men's, women's basketball season tickets on sale today Jun 12, 2023 9:00 am Season tickets for 2023-24 Fighting Illini men's and women's basketball go on sale today at noon. Both programs are coming off successful campaigns with anticipation high for the upcoming season. Howell advances to third straight 1500m national finals Jun 9, 2023 9:30 am Junior Olivia Howell led the way by qualifying for her third straight 1500m national finals. She aims to become the first Illini in 21 years to win a NCAA title both indoors and outdoors (Perdita Felicien, 60mH and 100mH, 2002). Illinois’ Wang set for Arnold Palmer Cup Jun 8, 2023 9:15 am Wang enters the prestigious tournament after becoming the first Big Ten Champion in Illini program history since 1993, while also garnering Big Ten Player of the Year honors, and leading the program to its first-ever B1G Championship. Terrance Shannon Jr: 'I'm Back' Jun 1, 2023 8:00 am Shannon is a major addition to the 2023-24 Illini lineup. He averaged 17.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in his inaugural season in Champaign, earning first-team All-Big Ten accolades. 'Here to Stay.' Hawkins returning to Illinois for senior season Jun 1, 2023 8:00 am Hawkins will provide great continuity for the 2023-24 Illini lineup after starting all 33 games last season and leading the team in minutes played (32.5 mpg). Men's Golf season ends in NCAA quarterfinals match May 31, 2023 10:45 am The Fighting Illini men's golf team concluded its chase for the 2023 national title on Tuesday, falling in a hard-fought battle with Florida State, 3-2, in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championship. Illini Men's Golf advances to match play at NCAA Championship May 30, 2023 11:00 am The Illinois men's golf team advanced to the match play portion of the 2023 NCAA Men's Golf Championship behind three top-10 individual scores, highlighted by sophomore Jackson Buchanan's runner-up finish. Football student season ticket holders to get priority access to men’s basketball tickets May 24, 2023 11:15 am Illinois students who purchase Fighting Illini football season tickets will receive priority access to men's basketball season tickets. Duong and Heuser set for NCAA doubles tournament May 22, 2023 3:00 pm The Illinois tandem is one of 32 doubles teams competing from the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. Illini Baseball set for regular season finale vs. UT Martin May 18, 2023 9:45 am Illini baseball (23-24, 12-12) returns to Champaign for the final series of the season against UT Martin (21-31, 14-10) in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. 6:00 p.m. first pitch on Thursday and Friday, 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Illini hold steady through 36 holes at NCAA Bath Regional May 17, 2023 10:45 am Illini men's golf maintained second place with a 6-under 278 during Round 2 of the NCAA Bath Regional at Eagle Eye Golf Club on Wednesday, minus-18 after 36-holes and 10 shots behind Georgia in the race for the team title. Makira Cook named finalist for USA Women’s AmeriCup team May 15, 2023 8:30 am Illinois women's basketball rising senior Makira Cook has been named a finalist for the 2023 USA Women's AmeriCup Team, USA Basketball announced Sunday night. Illini Baseball set for final Big Ten series at Rutgers May 12, 2023 10:45 am Fighting Illini baseball hits the road for their final Big Ten series of the season against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. Friday's and Saturday's games are both scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. CT first pitch, and both will be streamed on B1G+. Softball: Four earn Big Ten All-Conference honors May 10, 2023 10:30 am Kailee Powell and Kelly Ryono were named to the Second Team All-Big Ten. Delaney Rummell earned an All-Defensive Team nod and Miranda Gallardo was the Fighting Illini's Sportsmanship Award honoree. Makira Cook to participate at 2023 USA Women’s AmeriCup Team Trials May 5, 2023 9:30 am On the line will be a spot on Team USA as the team travels to Leon, Mexico, for the 2023 FIBA Women's AmeriCup, from July 1-9. Illini Men’s Golf selected top seed at NCAA Bath Regional May 4, 2023 9:30 am The men's golf program, coming off its conference-record eighth consecutive Big Ten Championship, is set to travel to the NCAA Regional in Bath, Mich. The Orange and Blue have now qualified for each of the last 15 NCAA Regionals. Duong and Heuser selected for NCAA doubles championship May 3, 2023 8:45 am Fighting Illini women's tennis saw its duo of Megan Heuser and Kate Duong selected to the NCAA Doubles Championship. They will compete in the 2023 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships. Witherspoon fifth overall pick by Seattle, becomes highest drafted DB in Illini history Apr 28, 2023 9:30 am Witherspoon joins an elite group of Illini to be drafted in the top 5. Only Jeff George (No. 1, 1990), Kevin Hardy (No. 2, 1996), Simeon Rice (No. 3, 1996), Dick Butkus (No. 3, 1965), and Joe Rutgens (No. 3, 1961) were selected higher. Illini Women’s Tennis opens Big Ten Tournament Friday night Apr 27, 2023 10:45 am Illinois finished the regular season with a 8-3 record in Big Ten play to tie for third place. Thanks to a top-25 upset of No. 21 Wisconsin earlier in the season, the Illini grabbed the No. 3 seed in the tournament. Illini Softball welcomes DePaul for tonight's game Apr 25, 2023 8:45 am Illinois softball welcomes DePaul for a contest at Eichelberger Field tonight, with the first pitch slated for 5 p.m. on B1G+. Illinois is coming off its first series sweep this season after taking down Michigan State last weekend. Weekend series against Minnesota closes baseball homestand Apr 21, 2023 8:45 am Fighting Illini baseball (15-18, 4-8) closes out their season-long seven-game homestand with a Big Ten weekend series against Minnesota (10-24, 4-5) at Illinois Field. Fighting Illini spring sports fest features 13 events across four days Apr 18, 2023 11:15 am Kicking off Thursday evening with the Orange and Blue Spring Football Game, Spring Sports Fest will feature seven athletic programs hosting 13 events over four days - all free and open the public, with several promotions planned. Illinois Softball hosts Ohio State in weekend series Apr 13, 2023 1:00 pm Illinois softball battles Ohio State in a Big Ten series this weekend at Eichelberger Field. The Fighting Illini face the Buckeyes on Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday's game is set for 1 p.m. while Sunday's finale is slated for noon. Buchanan, Illini post record rounds on day 1 of Tiger Collegiate Apr 11, 2023 8:30 am The Illini men's golf team closed out Day 1 of the Tiger Collegiate Invitational with a commanding performance that left the Illini alone atop the team standings with a 15-stroke lead heading into today's final round. Illini Baseball travels to Northwestern for weekend series Apr 7, 2023 8:45 am Illinois looks to rebound following a midweek defeat to Illinois State at Illinois Field. In the 12-9 defeat, Branden Comia hit the first Illini grand slam since 2018 and Jacob Schroeder added a three-run homer, his seventh in 15 games. Dumont de Chassart named B1G Golfer of the Week Apr 6, 2023 2:30 pm Fighting Illini fifth-year senior Adrien Dumont de Chassart has been named Big Ten Golfer of the Week after leading Illinois to a second-place finish last weekend at the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational in Augusta, Ga. Illini Baseball wraps up homestand with tonight's matchup vs. Illinois State Apr 4, 2023 9:45 am Fighting Illini baseball wraps up this four-game homestand hosting Illinois State, scheduled for tonight at 6:00 p.m. This is the first of two meetings in eight days between the two programs, as Illinois heads to Normal on April 11. Green: WBCA Coach of the Year Finalist; Cook: Honorable Mention All-America Mar 31, 2023 8:45 am The WBCA announced that Shauna Green – the architect of one of the biggest one-year turnarounds this season – was a finalist for the National Coach of the Year honor while Makira Cook collected All-America honorable mention status. Illini return to Illinois Field for weekend series vs. Michigan Mar 30, 2023 10:45 am Fighting Illini baseball returns to Illinois Field on Friday to host Michigan for a three-game set in Champaign. Friday's contest is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. first pitch, with 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. first pitches to follow on Saturday and Sunday. Fighting Illini Softball hosts SIUE and Indiana State for midweek contests Mar 28, 2023 9:30 am Three games in two days at Eichelberger Field: The Illini face off with the Cougars on Tuesday at 5 p.m. A doubleheader with the Sycamores is slated for 4 p.m. on Wednesday. One year later: Coach Green breaks records, rewrites history Mar 21, 2023 9:30 am Shauna Green has completely transformed the Illini, serving at the helm of a program that set multiple records and made history during a 2022-23 campaign that ended in the NCAA Tournament, something that had not happened in two decades. Takekawa shares bars title, Illini earn fifth place at B1G Championships Mar 20, 2023 9:15 am 'Mia Takekawa never fails to deliver,' Head Coach Nadalie Walsh said. "She 100% deserves to be the bar champion and runner-up on beam. I couldn't be prouder of her and just the legacy she's leaving," Braunagel, Byrd advance to Quarterfinal Round at NCAA Championships Mar 17, 2023 8:30 am Five Illinois wrestlers completed day one of the NCAA Championships on Thursday. Lucas Byrd advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time, and Zac Braunagel pulled out a third period comeback upset to advance to his first quarterfinals. NCAA Tournament first round: Illinois vs. Arkansas today Mar 16, 2023 8:30 am Brad Underwood becomes the fourth coach in school history to lead Illinois to at least three straight NCAA Tournaments, joining Lou Henson, Bill Self and Bruce Weber. Women's Basketball opens NCAA Tournament against Mississippi State tonight Mar 15, 2023 8:45 am Illinois has secured the biggest one-year Big Ten win improvement in program history, and for the first time since 2003, the Illini have earned a berth in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Midweek games against Missouri and Valparaiso await Fighting Illini Softball Mar 14, 2023 8:15 am The Fighting Illni (16 - 7) take on the Missouri Tigers in a doubleheader today, beginning at 1 p.m. CT. The home opener against Valpo on Wednesday is slated for 1 p.m. CT.