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Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Apr. 26, 2022 10:47 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald, April 24, 2022. Editorial: Improved credit ratings show state knows where path to prosperity is, but can we stay on it? Whatever your political bent, the announcement of the second upgrade in Illinois’ credit rating in a year has to...

Illinois' Kofi Cockburn announces he's entering NBA draft

Apr. 20, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois All-America center Kofi Cockburn has declared for the NBA draft and hired an agent, marking the end of one of the most productive careers in program history. Cockburn made the announcement on his social media channels Wednesday, and the Illinois...

NCAAs: Coach K's farewell tour extended through next weekend

Mar. 21, 2022 12:10 PM EDT

Mike Krzyzewski's farewell tour was thisclose to over. Duke trailed Michigan State 70-65 with 5:10 left to play Sunday and there was next to nothing he could do about it. “I’m an Army guy,” recalled Krzyzewski, who played for Bobby Knight at West Point and...

Moore scores 21, Houston hammers Illinois to make Sweet 16

Mar. 20, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Once back in their locker room, Houston's players emptied their water bottles on coach Kelvin Sampson, who peeled off his shirt for the celebratory dousing. A sweet soaking indeed. Taze Moore scored 21 points and Jamal Shead added 18 as the...

Houston guard Edwards no stranger to NCAA stage, spotlight

Mar. 19, 2022 19:29 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As Houston's players went through pregame warmups before discarding UAB without much trouble in their first-round South Region matchup, Cougars senior Kyler Edwards had the look of someone who had been here before. It all was so familiar to Edwards. The blaring...

Plummer's late free throws lift Illini by Chattanooga 54-53

Mar. 19, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The result didn't make sense to Brad Underwood. For the better part of 39 minutes Friday night, the Illinois coach watched his fourth-seeded team chasing 13th-seeded Chattanooga. The Southern Conference champion Mocs, with alum and Pro Football Hall of Famer...

TIPPING OFF: Always-dangerous Ramblers set sights on Ohio St

Mar. 18, 2022 02:38 AM EDT

A look at what’s happening in the NCAA Tournament today: GAME OF THE DAY LOYOLA-CHICAGO VS. OHIO STATE After a couple of first-day shockers, Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament's first round features a dangerous double-digit seed with Loyola-Chicago matched...

South Preview: Loyola, Sister Jean eyeing another March run

Mar. 17, 2022 19:58 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The packaging is still there. On the surface anyway. Don't be fooled. The whole “Cinderella” thing surrounding Loyola Chicago no longer applies. Yes, the enduring symbol for the Jesuit school located hard against Lake Michigan in Chicago's Rogers Park...

Big and bright, Illini's Cockburn eyes deep NCAA tourney run

Mar. 17, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The smile is wide and bright, like everything else about Kofi Cockburn. The Illinois center, a man mountain and one of the most dominant interior players in this year's NCAA Tournament, is almost always the one leading the laughter during practice and any other...

Big Ten lands three players on AP All-America first team

Mar. 15, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

Keegan Murray has given Iowa a first-team Associated Press All-American for the third straight year, and Kofi Cockburn has made it two in a row for Illinois — not bad for a couple programs that haven't had a whole lot of them. The Fighting Illini never had a first-team pick until...