Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Tate: Pondering a longer Self-UI tryst

You can't be impartial. You either love Bill Self for what he accomplished at Illinois — two Big Ten co-titles and the acquisition of Dee, Deron and Augie — or you hate him because he left.

And you have a right to ponder what might have transpired here with Self running the basketball show. A national championship? More time in the penalty box? Or somewhere in between?

Underwood aide staying a Cowboy

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Mike Boynton knows he has a rare opportunity for a young man, yet he feels his age doesn't matter.

Oklahoma State's new men's basketball coach was promoted from an assistant position last week after Brad Underwood left for Illinois.

At age 35, he feels ready and believes it was a matter of time before he'd get a chance to run a program.

PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 03-27-17

PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 03-27-17: Play now!

Tonight's guests: Illini women's basketball new head coach Nancy Fahey and WDWS sportscaster Steve Kelly.


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03-27-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks

03-27-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks: Play now!

03-27-17 Monday Morning Quarterbacks.  Jim Turpin and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks. Topic include the Final Four.  New coaches at Illinois.


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March 30 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 2:00pm

What's next for Brad Underwood and Nancy Fahey? How is Lovie Smith's program faring after spring practice ended a few weeks ago? What area high schools could contend for state titles this spring? Anything is fair game as sports editor Matt Daniels takes your questions at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

March 29 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

The offseason is in full effect for Illinois. What has Brad Underwood been up to in his first full week on the job? When does Mark Smith commit? How does Illinois stand with Jeremiah Tilmon and the other Class of 2017 signees? Can Trent Frazier start next season? Beat writer Scott Richey is ready to handle any and all of your questions in his 12:30 p.m.

And then there were four: Final Four capsules

This is the Final Four everyone expected, right? In case it wasn’t, college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY has four things to know about each of the last four teams standing in the NCAA men’s tournament:


Gonzaga (36-1)

Sunday Conversation: Steve Kelly

Steve Kelly has become a local media mainstay for almost four decades. The veteran sportscaster, though, is nearing his final days working in Champaign-Urbana as he approaches retirement. Kelly's final "SportsTalk" on the WDWS 1400-AM airwaves is slated for this Friday evening.

Tate: Early college hoops departures one item on my mind

It will be determined, over time, whether Brad Underwood is successful in the most critical aspect of his Illini coaching duties: How many millionaires will he produce?

Frazier: 'Really ready' to be at UI

ORLANDO — June 7. Mark it down, Illinois fans.

Trent Frazier already has. The future Illini guard is set to arrive in Champaign and start his college basketball career in just 74 days. He's ready.