CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- The Illini have cruised through their first two games winning by 62 and 59.
Today's game was a different story, as Illinois went down to the wire with Ohio.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- The Illini were all over Chicago State early and often Thursday in their second game of the season.
Defensively they held the Cougars to 27.8% shooting and offensively five players on Illinois scored double digits.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- Right from the jump, this game was dominated by Illinois.
The Illini proved to any doubters, being ranked 8th in the country wasn't a fluke.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- It's just about that time Illini fans, tomorrow the regular season will start.
Illinois enters the season ranked 8th and they are ready to prove they deserve to be ranked even higher.
ARTHUR, Ill. (WAND) -- ALAH cross country star Layton Hall held his officially signing ceremony this weekend.
Next year, he'll compete at the Division I level for Indiana State.
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- For the first time since 1970, there won't be a Decatur Turkey Tournament.
Today, would have been the start of the 51st annual tourney, instead IHSA basketball is on pause.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- The Illini basketball team is less than 48 hours away from their opening game on Wednesday against North Carolina A&T.
Today, by a unanimous vote, two Illinois players were named captains for this upcoming season.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- After Wright State pulled out of the multi-team event due to COVID-19, Chicago State will take its place.
The Illini haven't played the Cougars since 2015! More >>
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- Well it was never a matter of if St. Teresa's Addison Newbon would play at the next level, it was just a question of where.
Today, that was officially answered. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- We all knew COVID-19 would play a factor in the college basketball season.
And for the Illini, it's already changing their schedule. More >>
A former SHG Cyclone is continuing to excel in the SEC.
This week, Ole Miss left tackle, Nick Broeker earned Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for one off the toughest conferences in college football. More >>
ILLINOIS (WAND) – The Illinois High School Association on Thursday announced all high school winter sports and activities are paused due to the new set of COVID-19 mitigations that go into effect Friday. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- Believe it or not, we're just a week away from Illini basketball taking the floor at the State Farm Center.
As of today, Illinois knows 26 of their 27 games. More >>
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WAND) -- Luke Goode made it official last Wednesday by signing his national letter of intent to Illinois.
Today, he held a commitment ceremony at his high school in Fort Wayne. More >>
We're continuing to discover central Illinois - and today we focus on Jacksonville.
I'd like to introduce you to one of the most intriguing humans to come out of Jacksonville, Crest Whitaker. More >>
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- Sisters Tina and Katina Martin Dominated the track scene during their time at Eisenhower winning multiple state medals. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- Fans have been anticipating the release of the Illini men's basketball schedule for quite some time.
Today, the team provided them with a slate of non-conference games. More >>
It's a coin flip that Illini fans will remember for quite awhile.
One side Illinois, the other Missouri. The winner hosts the Braggin' Rights game. More >>
DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) -- Erin Houpt has scored over 1,700 points in her first three years at Danville high school, making her the girls basketball all-time leading scorer. More >>
The 217 is loaded with impressive high school talent and that was proven today.
During early signing day, several central Illinois athletes signed their national letter of intent. More >>
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WAND) -- Three weeks ago Effingham's Tristin Duncan was in a bad car accident.
Now, he's back home and hopes to play football this spring. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- The Illini are ranked 8th heading into this season and a big reason why is the return of Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn.
The Illinois duo withdrew from the NBA Draft and returned to campus. More >>
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WAND) -- "Bikes are freedom for kids" but sadly, not every child has the opportunity to own a bike.
Taylorville PD and Sparrow Bicycle Co. want that to change. More >>
MT. ZION, Ill. (WAND) -- Drew London Made plays all over the field for the Mt. Zion Braves last year racking up 57 tackles and catching 5 TD. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- The Illini had a fantastic incoming freshman class and a big reason why is because of Andre Curbelo and Adam Miller.
The two top 45 recruits are now roommates. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- Not only did Ayo Dosunmu withdrew from the NBA Draft and return to campus, but so did Kofi Cockburn.
Today, the Jamaican big man was named to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Watch List. More >>
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)-- For over Seventy years the City Tournament has given basketball players in Springfield the opportunity to shine. More >>
Miami is over one thousand miles away from the 217 but two central Illinoisans played big time roles during the Heat's NBA Finals run.
One of them being Andre Iguodala, the other, Brandon Myles. More >>
CHICAGO (WAND) - The Chicago Bears announced Thursday Halas Hall has been closed, and they will "pause all in-person football activities" after another player tested positive for COVID-19. More >>
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- It's been Olivia Lett's gameplan since she took over as the women's basketball head coach at Millikin; recruit and own central Illinois.
She and her staff have done this almost to perfection. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- Ayo Dosunmu continues to gain national attention.
The junior guard has been named to the 2021 Bob Cousy Award Watch List. More >>
Decatur's Brit Miller will be taking part in Dancing With The CU Stars at 6:30pm on Friday.
That's right... Brit will be dancing! More >>
After the IHSA announced they would allow schools to play basketball this winter, the decision then went to each individual school district.
Several 217 schools are starting to lean towards siding with the IDPH and Governor Pritzker. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- It was a home opener unlike any other in Illini football history.
Just 75 minutes before the game, Illinois announced starting quarterback Brandon Peters tested positive for COVID-19 and was ruled out. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) Illinois senior quarterback Brandon Peters and redshirt freshman tight end Griffin Moore were both sidelined for 21 days following positive test results Thursday for COVID-19. More >>