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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...

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...

E.J. Liddell powers Buckeyes' NCAA run with all-around play

Mar. 19, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — E.J. Liddell had the perfect out a year ago. The Ohio State star forward's reasons to move on were there for all to see on his social media feed. Racist remarks. A death threat from what the school believes was a frustrated gambler. Sinister vitriol following an...

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...

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...

Jackson-Davis leads Indiana past No. 16 Illinois 65-63

Mar. 11, 2022 16:43 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Trayce Jackson-Davis had something to prove at the Big Ten Tournament. He wanted to show the critics he could excel against the conference's top big men and that Indiana deserved an NCAA Tournament bid. So far, no complaints. Jackson-Davis made...

No. 20 Illinois beats No. 24 Iowa for share of Big Ten title

Mar. 06, 2022 23:07 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — No. 20 Illinois locked up a share of the Big Ten regular-season title when Kofi Cockburn had 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead a 74-72 win over No. 24 Iowa Sunday night. The Fighting Illini’s hopes for a conference crown were kept alive when Nebraska upset...

Williams helps No. 20 Illinois to 60-55 win over Penn State

Mar. 03, 2022 22:21 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Da’Monte Williams made four 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 14 points, helping No. 20 Illinois hold off Penn State 60-55 on Thursday night. The victory kept the Illini (21-8, 14-5 Big Ten) in contention for a share of the conference title if they...

Cockburn, Plummer help No. 15 Illinois beat Michigan 93-85

Feb. 27, 2022 22:51 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn dominated on the inside, as usual, and his teammates provided plenty of offense from the outside. Cockburn scored 27 points and Alfonso Plummer had 26, helping No. 15 Illinois beat Michigan 93-85 on Sunday. “Kofi was truly...