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Q & A with freshman wing Luke Goode

Q & A with freshman wing Luke Goode

Fort Wayne, Indiana, native Luke Goode was the first to commit to Illinois in the class of 2021. Goode was a four-star recruit who many did not know a lot about. Michigan State's head coach Tom Izzo, the dean of the Big Ten basketball coaches, hotly pursued Goode. Izzo followed Goode's football games and made every effort to pursue his services. But in the end, Brad Underwood won the battle and now the 6'7" wing wears orange and blue. Along with Goode in the 2021 freshman class is Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball Brandin Podziemski and Florida prep star R.J. Melendez.

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Top 25 Incoming Freshmen Basketball Players (#15-6)

Top 25 Incoming Freshmen Basketball Players (#15-6)

Connor Cagley, IlliniGuys Basketball Writer October 28, 2021 Here […]

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Illini Football Feature on 'Barge Package' of 9 OL

Illini Football Feature on 'Barge Package' of 9 OL

First-year Illinois head coach Bret Bielema has officially brought his jumbo formation from his time at Arkansas and Wisconsin that features nine offensive lineman. 

Matt Stevens, Illinois Staff Writer

October 27, 2021

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- As ESPN play-by-play announcer rightfully noted during the broadcast of the Illinois nine-overtime victory at Penn State, Bret Bielema is insistent to prove “this is your grandfather’s Big Ten” in 2021. 

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Cockburn named preseason Big Ten Player of the Year

Cockburn named preseason Big Ten Player of the Year

Illini's Cockburn voted  Big Ten preseason Player of the […]

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Illini Film Review at Penn State

Illini Film Review at Penn State

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

October 27, 2021

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Beyond the record-setting nine overtimes and the upset win over a Top 10 opponent on the road, Illinois proved Saturday its defense has a present and at the same time, maybe more importantly, a future. 

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Matt Stevens Top 25 Ballot: Where Head-To-Head Still Matters 

Matt Stevens Top 25 Ballot: Where Head-To-Head Still Matters 

IlliniGuys.com football beat writer/analyst Matt Stevens does not have […]

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Top 25 Incoming Freshmen Basketball Players (#25-16)

Top 25 Incoming Freshmen Basketball Players (#25-16)

Connor Cagley, IlliniGuys Basketball Writer October 26, 2021 Here […]

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Trench Report - Penn State

Trench Report - Penn State

Steve Sturm, IlliniGuys Football Analyst

October 26, 2021

This is such an incredible contrast compared to the last time I sat down to write a trench report.

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QB Artur Sitkowski Out Of Remainder Of 2021 Season With Broken Arm

QB Artur Sitkowski Out Of Remainder Of 2021 Season With Broken Arm

Illinois quarterback Artur Sitkowski suffered a fracture in his […]

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Football Recruiting Spotlight - The 2022 High School Commits

Football Recruiting Spotlight - The 2022 High School Commits

Steve Sturm, IlliniGuys Football Analyst

October 25, 2021

I thought I'd give Illini nation a bit of an update on the current Illini commitments.  I know no one is thrilled with the way the 2021 season is going, so the best thing we can do is look for grains of hope for the future.

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Mike Cagley's Heat Checks and Hail Marys - The Double Feature Edition - Football's 9 OT Victory & a Stellar Basketball Exhibition

Mike Cagley's Heat Checks and Hail Marys - The Double Feature Edition - Football's 9 OT Victory & a Stellar Basketball Exhibition

Mike Cagley, IlliniGuy October 24, 2021 Today is a […]

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Recruiting: Chicago Marist 2022 4-star LB Jimmy Rolder Highly Considering Being a Dual-Sport Athlete at Illinois

Recruiting: Chicago Marist 2022 4-star LB Jimmy Rolder Highly Considering Being a Dual-Sport Athlete at Illinois

2022 Four-star linebacker Jimmy Rolder from Chicago Marist High […]

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Trent Frazier’s Defensive Prowess Leads Illini in Exhibition Opener Blowout

Trent Frazier’s Defensive Prowess Leads Illini in Exhibition Opener Blowout

Illinois super-senior guard Trent Frazier’s leadership piece to this 2021-22 roster was evident early and often in the Illini’s 67-point win in an exhibition opener.

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

October 24, 2021

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- As far as this coaching staff and veteran players are concerned, Illinois accomplished every goal set out for this exhibition opener.

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Illini Welcome Return Of Fans To State Farm Center With Exhibition Game Rout

Illini Welcome Return Of Fans To State Farm Center With Exhibition Game Rout

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For the first time in 593 days, fans were allowed in State Farm Center to root on their Fighting Illini team and they weren't disappointed.  Kofi Cockburn and Austin Hutcherson scored 14 points each as Illinois rolled to an exhibition win over St. Francis, 101-34 Saturday night.

For all but just a handful of players, this was the first time that most on the Illinois roster played a home game in front of fans as the arena was limited primarily to staff, family, and the media last season.  Illinois' last home game with a full house was back on March 8, 2020 for a win over Iowa.

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Bielema Picks Up Program-Defining Win At No. 7 Penn State

Bielema Picks Up Program-Defining Win At No. 7 Penn State

Illinois head coach Bret Bielema hopes his 100th career win is a program-building victory for his football program. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

October 23, 2021

Bret Bielema is certainly hoping his 100th career victory will mean more in a bigger picture sense years from now. 

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