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Brandon Paul & D.J. Richardson. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Illini Take Plunge In Rankings

In the wake of Illinois’ 23-point loss to unranked Wisconsin, the Fighting Illini took a major plunge in the rankings.

CBS Chicago–01/14/2013

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No. 5 Hoosiers Blow Past No. 8 Minnesota 88-81

Victor Oladipo had 20 points and six rebounds and Jordan Hulls knocked down four 3-pointers, helping No. 5 Indiana hold off No. 8 Minnesota’s late charge for an 88-81 victory Saturday.


Illinois head coach John Groce. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Need To Keep Rebounding – In More Ways Than One

The Fighting Illini are an imperfect basketball team.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2013

Tracy Abrams. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Drops In AP Poll

Despite a win against top-ranked Ohio State, the Illini dropped to No. 12 in the AP poll.

CBS Chicago–01/07/2013

Illinois head coach John Groce. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Keep Your (Long-Term) Basketball Spirits Up, Illini Nation

Keep your wits about yourself, Illini Nation.

CBS Chicago–01/05/2013

Illini logo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Purdue’s Late Charge Beats No. 11 Illinois 68-61

Purdue figured out how to slow the pace — and still score a little, too, Wednesday night.


Brandon Paul

Illini Move To No. 11 In AP Poll

After a loss to Missouri knocked them out of the Top 10, the Fighting Illini are inching closer back to that status.

CBS Chicago–12/31/2012

Evan Turner & Brandon Paul. (Credit: Getty Images.)

Wisch: Can Brandon Paul Pull An ‘Evan Turner’ This Season?

He’s three inches shorter, five pounds lighter and unlikely to be named National Player of the Year (or go No. 2 in the NBA Draft), but that doesn’t mean Brandon Paul can’t still pull an Evan Turner this season.

670 The Score–12/01/2012

Brian Kelly

Wisch: Big Ten Expansion Puts Notre Dame On Shaky Ground

For Notre Dame, ranked No. 1 in the land with a single regular-season game remaining, the door to the national championship is wide open. But the door to the Big Ten? Well, that’s almost closed.

CBS Chicago–11/20/2012

A general view of the Rutgers' Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Rutgers To Announce Its Joining Big Ten

Rutgers is leaving the Big East for the Big Ten and cashing in on the school’s investment in a football program that only 10 years ago seemed incapable of competing at the highest level.

670 The Score–11/20/2012

Jordan Lynch. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: The State’s Best Football Program? It’s NIU

I’ve always found it odd that here in Illinois, despite being the fifth most populous state in the country, we have only three major college football programs.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2012

Pat Fitzgerald. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Is This Northwestern’s Best Team Since The Rose Bowl?

So, is it really possible that Northwestern posts not only its best win total since 1995 this year, but even its better by one or two victories?

CBS Chicago–11/01/2012

Jim Delany. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Delany: College Football Playoff Won’t Start A Year Early

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany expects the new college football playoff to be finalized by Jan. 1, but he ruled out the possibility of the new four-team tournament starting next season.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2012

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Wisch: The Secret – And Sham – To Tim Beckman’s Success

Down in Champaign, where these days things are far more blue than orange, the Fighting Illini football team is a woeful 2-5 in head coach Tim Beckman’s first season.

670 The Score–10/18/2012

Illini helmet logo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Penn State Opens Big Ten With 35-7 Win At Illinois

Matt McGloin threw for 211 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead Penn State to a 35-7 win over Illinois Saturday in the schools’ Big Ten opener.


Manti Te'o (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Notre Dame In BCS Title Conversation?

This will come off as crazy talk to most, but don’t be surprised to see Notre Dame in the middle of the national championship conversation in November.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2012

Nathan Scheelhaase

Wisch: The Truth About Illinois Football

And this deeper dilemma affecting U. of I. athletics is so discouraging that after reading this column, you very well may be driven to drink yourself.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2012

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Wisch: ‘Leading’ Off, Big Ten’s Start Is ‘Legendarily’ Bad

The Big Ten is indeed off to its worst start in quite a while. And by the looks of it, the season could fizzle out before the conference games even begin next Saturday.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2012

Everett Golson. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Week 3 College Football Predictions

After a crazy Week 2, the games aren’t as competitive this week and the experts have a lot of similar picks.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2012

Brian Kelly. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Wisch: How Will Notre Dame’s Big Move Impact The Big Ten?

It passed on the Big Ten’s TV millions. It passed on aligning itself with the familiarity of many of its most traditional rivals. And it passed on the region where its campus is based – although some Fighting Irish fans might tell you that, you know, Notre Dame doesn’t really reside here in the Midwest.

670 The Score–09/13/2012