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: Jaydon Mickens #2 of the Washington Huskies breaks away from V'Angelo Bentley #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini on his way to a touchdown at Soldier Field on September 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Washington defeated Illinois 34-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini Rally Falls Short Vs No. 19 Washington

Coming off a big win, Illinois really had a chance to open some eyes.

09/15/2013

Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Il. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Stuns Cincinnati, 45-17

Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns to lead Illinois to a surprise 45-17 win Saturday over Cincinnati.

09/07/2013

Nathan Scheelhaase. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

NU’s Ellis, Illini’s Scheelhaase Take Home Big Ten Honors For Week 1 Efforts

Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis and Illinois Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase both received awards for their efforts in Week 1 of the college football season.

09/02/2013

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

Scheelhaase Leads Illini To 42-34 Victory Over SIU

Nathan Scheelhaase threw for career-best 416 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to lead Illinois to a 42-34 win over Southern Illinois. But the Illini had to hang on late to beat the Football Championship Subdivision school.

08/31/2013

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

Wisch: Transfers Not A Sign Of Trouble For Groce, Illini

The signs around campus still read “University of Illinois,” but right now the place is going by a different name: Transfer Central.

CBS Chicago–05/25/2013

Michigan celebrates its regional title. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Wisch: Big Ten Pride Has Me Rooting For… Michigan?

In a fascinating twist of fandom, this year’s NCAA Basketball Tournament has turned the rooting interests for many Midwestern hoops followers on its head as Big Ten pride has outweighed school pride.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2013

Mike Shaw. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Three Illini Basketball Players Plan To Transfer

Three Illinois basketball players have been granted permission to transfer and will do so when the spring semester ends.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2013

Duke associate head coach Chris Collins celebrates the 2010 National Championship with Jon Scheyer, who he recruited to Duke from Glenbrook North. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Wisch: Collins Will Heat Up The Illinois-Northwestern Rivalry

Collins’ Blue Devil blood alone is probably enough to get most Illini fans’ own boiling, but he may also elevate the rivalry in other ways both on and off the court in Evanston.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2013

Illinois Head Coach John Groce  (Credit: Getty)

Wisch: One Year After Hire, Illini Enjoying A Groce Profit

It turned out that the Illini – and, most significantly, athletic director Mike Thomas – were indeed lucky. And in the end, that was good.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2013

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Hoge: 68 Thoughts On The NCAA Tournament Field

Adam Hoge has spent the better part of the last 42 hours breaking down the bracket and digging up answers to those bracketing questions you have.

CBS Chicago–03/19/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Hoge: Despite Loss To IU, Safe To Call Illini Season A Success

About 20 minutes had passed since their failed attempt at beating the Indiana Hoosiers for the second time this season, but there was still a small sense of accomplishment in the room.

CBS Chicago–03/15/2013

Indiana Hoosiers forward Victor Oladipo dunks the ball against the Illinois Fighting Illini during a quarterfinal game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Indiana defeated Illinois 80-64. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Zeller, Oladipo Lead Hoosiers To 80-64 Win Over Illini

Cody Zeller scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Indiana past Illinois 80-64 Friday in the Big Ten quarterfinals.

03/15/2013

Brandon Paul. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge: Brandon Paul Puts On Show For ‘Super Parents’

When Minnesota guard Austin Hollins stepped out of bounds with 14.6 seconds left in regulation, John Groce had a decision to make.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2013

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

Hoge: Big Ten Tournament Day 1 Primer

A quick look at what to watch for Thursday as the Big Ten Tournament gets underway in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2013

The former mascot of the University of Illinois, Chief Illiniwek. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Univ. Of Illinois Needs To Release Results Of Students’ Illiniwek Vote

The Chief Illiniwek saga took a strange twist when it was revealed by the Daily Illini that unofficial results for all referendums on the 2013 student ballot had been released – except for the one involving the Chief.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2013

Assembly Hall in Champaign. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Happy 50th Birthday, Assembly Hall

In honor of Assembly Hall’s “Big Five-Oh,” here are the five most memorable Illini hoops moments that Dave Wischnowsky witnessed there in person.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2013

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

Hoge: Examining The Floor/Ceiling For The Big Ten’s Eight Contenders

Let’s take a look at the floor and ceiling for each Big Ten contender as the regular season nears an end.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2013

Members of the Orange Krush sit near the top of Welsh-Ryan Arena after posing as Northwestern fans. (Photo by Craig Pessman.)

Wisch: My Orange Krush Adventure To Evanston

I can thank 150 of my new friends in the Orange Krush, the University of Illinois’ famous student basketball cheering section that’s become infamous throughout the Big Ten for hijacking the opposition’s stadiums.

CBS Chicago–02/19/2013

The former mascot of the University of Illinois, Chief Illiniwek. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: ‘Chief Or Nothing’ Latest Rallying Cry For Illinois Students

A student group is again trying to replace banished school symbol Chief Illiniwek – and, this time, another group of students is trying to stop them.

CBS Chicago–02/05/2013

Cody Zeller. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Wisch: This Year’s Big Ten Success Doesn’t Match 1989… Yet

In 108 years of Big Ten basketball, the 1988-89 season still stands out as the conference’s gold standard.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2013

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