blog posts Illini Baseball hosts Nebraska in final home series this weekend May 13, 2022 2:15 pm Illinois (26-19, 12-6) is currently in fifth place in the Big Ten and is coming off a series sweep of Miami (OH) last weekend. Nebraska is 19-27 (7-11 B1G) and won one of three at Minnesota last weekend. Illini Softball: Seven named to All-Big Ten teams May 11, 2022 11:00 am Avrey Steiner named First Team All-Big Ten. Sydney Sickels, Kailee Powell named Second Team. Paige Berkmeyer, Lauren Wiles, Stevie Meade named to the All-Freshman team. Lakyn Wagoner earned the Sportsmanship Award. Kayla Burbage joins Illini Volleyball for Fall 2022 May 10, 2022 9:30 am A 6-4 opposite/outside hitter from Clayton, N.C., Burbage transferred to Illinois following a year at the University of Missouri, where she started 24 of their 28 matches as a Freshman and led the team in blocks. Illini earn third seed in 2022 Big Ten softball tournament May 9, 2022 8:45 am Illinois earned a first-round bye as the third seed, and will begin action in the quarterfinals on Thursday (May 12) at 12:30 p.m. CT, facing the winner of No. 6 Ohio State and No. 11 Purdue. World's largest softball tailgate returns Saturday May 6, 2022 9:00 am With a goal of filling every seat at Eichelberger Field, tailgating begins at 11:00 a.m. with inflatables, balloon artists, face painting, food trucks, and more. Fans are encouraged to stay to watch their Fighting Illini take on Penn State. Four Illini Men's Golf team members earn All-Big Ten honors May 5, 2022 9:30 am Among the awardees, Adrien Dumont de Chassart earned his second consecutive Player of the Year award and head coach Mike Small took home his 12th B1G Coach of the Year laurel overall, and his 11th of 13 dating back to 2009. DIA discontinues exploration of Division 1 men’s ice hockey May 3, 2022 8:45 am To date, we have been unable to generate the financial support necessary to greenlight the project — a concern that grew even more daunting through the pandemic, when we saw cost projections for the new facility increase by 30%. Illini Men's Golf wins seventh straight B1G Championship May 2, 2022 8:30 am The team made history on Sunday, battling windy conditions in a back-and-forth contest to overtake Michigan State and secure the Big Ten Championship for a conference-record seventh consecutive season, and the 12th in the last 13 years. Illini Baseball set to play Bradley in Peoria tonight Apr 27, 2022 8:30 am The Illinois baseball team travels to Bradley for a midweek night game against the Braves. Illinois (20-17, 11-4) is coming off their first B1G series loss of the season against Maryland. Illini Women's Tennis advances in B1G Tournament with win over Iowa Apr 29, 2022 9:30 am The Illini battled Iowa for over three hours until freshman Kasia Treiber sealed the 4-3 win with a three-set victory in the second round of the conference tournament. The Illini advance to the quarterfinals, playing Wisconsin Friday at 6 p.m. CT. Fifth-seeded Illini Women’s Tennis ready for Big Ten Tournament Apr 28, 2022 9:30 am After finishing the regular season in a tie for third place in the conference, the women's tennis team shifts its focus to the Big Ten Championships, held at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Center in Iowa City, April 27-May 1. Men's Tennis snags senior day win over Purdue Apr 25, 2022 9:00 am 'It felt good to go out there and get the win on senior day,' said head coach Brad Dancer. 'We've won four in-a-row now and have some good momentum heading into the tournament later this week.' No. 25 Illini women’s golf set for 2022 Big Ten Championships Apr 22, 2022 10:45 am The No. 25 Illinois women's golf team will be on the hunt for a Big Ten title this weekend as the Illini travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., for the 2022 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships. Ouimet breaks decathlon program record as Illini open weekend action Apr 15, 2022 10:45 am The Illinois women's and men's track and field teams saw historic performances at both the Mt. SAC Relays and the Bryan Clay Invitational on Thursday, highlighted by a new school record in the decathlon from junior Aiden Ouimet. Illinois signs Skyy Clark Apr 14, 2022 9:15 am Clark is a 6-foot, 3-inch, 200-pound guard from Los Angeles who currently attends Montverde (Fla.) Academy. He is a five-star prospect by 247Sports Composite and the highest-ranked recruit to sign with the Fighting Illini in the last 20 years. Women's Tennis hosts Purdue, travels to Penn State this weekend Apr 8, 2022 9:15 am Women's tennis looks to continue its four-match win streak in the B1G this weekend, first hosting Purdue today at 1 p.m. CT in Atkins Tennis Center, before traveling to University Park, Pa., for a match against Penn State on Sunday. Takekawa and Townes qualify for nationals Apr 5, 2022 9:15 am Illinois juniors Mia Takekawa and Mia Townes have qualified for the 2022 NCAA National Championships as individual qualifiers on bar and vault, respectively, the NCAA announced Monday afternoon. Women's Gymnastics wraps season with second-highest score in program history Apr 1, 2022 8:30 am Although they did not advance to the regional final, 'This team had the meet of their life tonight and did a phenomenal job. The energy was great, the unity was great, and the gymnastics was great,' said head coach Nadalie Walsh. Underwood set to receive contract extension through 2027-28 season Mar 31, 2022 8:00 am This year, Illinois went 23-10 overall and won the Big Ten Championship, with Underwood recording his third-straight 20-plus win season. The Illini ended the year at No. 19 in the AP poll to register a third-straight Top 25 finish. Illini Softball travels to St. Louis for midweek match up Mar 29, 2022 8:45 am After opening the Big Ten schedule this past weekend splitting a pair of games with Purdue, Illini softball plays the first of two midweek games this week. Illinois takes on the Billikens on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT. Women's Tennis welcomes Maryland, Rutgers in B1G Weekend Mar 25, 2022 9:00 am The Illini conclude their four-match homestand this weekend by hosting Maryland on Friday (March 25) at 4 p.m. CT and welcoming in Rutgers on Sunday (March 27) at 11 a.m. CT. Both matches will be held at Atkins Tennis Center. Shauna Green named Fighting Illini Women’s Basketball coach Mar 21, 2022 8:30 am Green comes to Illinois following six successful seasons as the head coach at the University of Dayton, where her teams captured five Atlantic 10 regular season championships and qualified each year of her tenure for postseason play. NCAA First Round Preview: Illinois vs. Chattanooga Friday Mar 17, 2022 8:45 am Fighting Illini Men's Basketball enters the weekend aiming to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005, when it went on to play in the national championship game. The game is scheduled for 5:50 p.m. CT. Cockburn named AP First-Team All-American Mar 15, 2022 2:00 pm Kofi Cockburn is just the second Illinois player ever to earn first-team All-America honors by the AP, after Ayo Dosunmu became the first Illini to do so last season. The Big Ten conference has three players on this year's AP first team. Afternoon baseball at Illinois Field: Illini host Butler Mar 15, 2022 8:45 am Illinois is coming off their first weekend series win at Western Kentucky, taking the first two games of the weekend and dropping the third. The Illini scored a combined 21 runs on 27 hits in the first two games of the series at Western Kentucky. No. 4 seed Illini open NCAA Tourney Friday vs. No. 13 Chattanooga Mar 14, 2022 8:45 am The Big Ten regular-season champions are the No. 4 seed in the South region and will open their NCAA Tournament run against No. 13 seed Chattanooga (27-7) in the first round on Friday in Pittsburgh, Pa. Game time is set for 5:50 p.m. CT. #1 seed Illinois faces Indiana at the Big Ten Tournament Mar 10, 2022 4:15 pm The defending Big Ten Tournament champion Illini have a double-bye to the quarterfinal round for the third year in a row, the only Big Ten team to earn a double-bye in each of the last three seasons. They face Indiana Friday at 10:30 a.m. Three Illini earn All-Big Ten honors Mar 9, 2022 9:00 am The Big Ten champion Fighting Illini program is well represented on the list of league honors. Illinois had three players claim spots on the All-Big Ten teams, the most for the program since 2005. 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.