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Better than Ayo? That’s what Illinois’ coach says in defense of snubbed Trent Frazier

"A joke," Brad Underwood calls the 15-man Naismith defensive player of the year watch list, which doesn’t include the Illini’s senior leader.

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Loyola grinds out win over Southern Illinois

The Ramblers came out on top in a defensive struggle against Southern Illinois 44-39 on Thursday night at Banterra Center in Carbondale.

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Northwestern falls short at Michigan

The Wildcats’ Julian Roper missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

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UIC to join Missouri Valley Conference

UIC joins Belmont University and Murray State as newcomers to the conference for the 2022/23 academic year and will be the fourth Illinois school in the conference.

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Loyola knocks off visiting SIU in MVC tilt

Lucas Williamson scored 20 points to lead the way.

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Villanova continues dominance against DePaul

Javan Johnson scored 16 points, but the Demons lost again to the Wildcats.

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Illini alone in first in Big Ten after beating Michigan State

Illinois played without Cockburn and Curbelo.

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War Eagle! For first time ever, Auburn is No. 1 in AP Top 25; plus, my ballot

The Tigers have ripped off 15 straight wins and clearly deserve this ranking, although some nudnik voters (ahem) kept them at No. 2 behind Gonzaga.

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Mississippi women get first AP women’s poll ranking in 15 years

Kentucky is out of the Top 25 for the first time since Nov. 19, 2018. The Wildcats had been ranked for 65 consecutive weeks, which was the eighth-longest active run.

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Auburn is new No. 1 in AP men’s basketball poll

The Big Ten and Big East have five ranked teams apiece, followed by the SEC and Big 12 with four each.

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This You Gotta See: USA-Canada; AFC, NFC title games; Bulls vs. dregs of the NBA

Are the Bulls still good? Asking for a few million friends.

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No. 22 Loyola falls to Missouri State in first game this season as ranked team

Isiaih Mosley scored 40 points, and Missouri State beat Loyola 79-69 on Saturday, ending the Ramblers’ 10-game winning streak.

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Chicago State Cougars’ spread joy

Bet on it: The unheralded team has turned heads in Vegas because of its ability to cover point spreads.

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Without Cockburn, No. 17 Illinois falls at Maryland

The Terrapins beat the Illini 81-65 with Cockburn sidelined because of a concussion. With the star big man unavailable, the Terps enjoyed a 40-16 scoring advantage in the paint.

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The Big 10: Kofi Cockburn the latest Illinois star to be sidelined with a concussion

As trends go, this whole Noggin U. deal stinks.

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Candace Parker to produce feature-length documentary exploring impact of Title IX

Turner Sports announced it has green-lit a documentary project with the two-time WNBA champion, her production company, Baby Hair Productions, and Emmy and Academy Award-winning media company Scout Productions.

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DePaul loses by a point to No. 20 Xavier

The Blue Demons played without Javon Freeman-Liberty, who was held out after he aggravated a groin injury.

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Marcus Liberty has seen a ’phew and believes DePaul’s Javon Freeman-Liberty can make it

"You don’t have to be what I was [to get to the NBA]," said Liberty, once the No. 1 recruit in the land.

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Michigan agrees to $490 million settlement over sexual abuse by university doctor

A number of football players and other athletes have come forward to accuse Dr. Robert Anderson, who died in 2008, of sexually abusing them.

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Basketball Hall of Famer Lusia Harris dies at 66

Harris helped Delta State University win three straight national titles in the 1970s and earned a silver medal for the United States at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Harris was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 as the first Black woman to earn that honor.

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Northwestern can’t knock off No. 8 Wisconsin as Johnny Davis scores 27

The Wildcats lost for the fifth time in six games and have dropped seven straight to the Badgers.

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Ramblers rout Aces for 10th consecutive win

Luke Williamson scored 15 to lead No. 22 Loyola.

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Purdue 96, Illinois 88 (2OT): Andre Curbelo makes long-awaited return in instant classic

Is it Feb. 10 yet? That’s when the Illini and Boilermakers meet again.

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This You Gotta See: Illinois-Purdue Monday arrives — and that’s game-of-the-year good

The highest-ranked squad in the Big Ten? The Boilermakers. The highest ceiling? We’ll see.

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Phillips grad Jahleel Billingsley transfers to Texas

The former Phillips star, who entered the portal after Alabama lost to Georgia in the national championship game, announced Sunday on Instagram he’s transferring to Texas.

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Northwestern holds on to beat No. 10 Michigan State

Ryan Young, starting in place of injured Pete Nance, had 18 points and eight rebounds to help the Wildcats win 64-62 in East Lansing.

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Sooner or later, it’s time to go — but there’s a lot of Loyola left in Oklahoma’s Porter Moser

A coach can’t just snap his fingers and replicate the kinds of relationships Moser had — has — in Rogers Park. But he can try.

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Notre Dame’s Legion of Dome

Irish men’s basketball coach Mike Brey goes all out to get students to attend games.

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DePaul upends No. 20 Seton Hall

Jalen Terry scored 28 points, David Jones added 24 and DePaul stunned No. 20 Seton Hall with a 96-92 victory on Thursday at Wintrust Arena.

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Northwestern falls in 2 OTs to visiting Maryland

The Cats’ Pete Nance scored a career-high 28 points and matched his career best with 14 rebounds.

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Big Ten updates 2022 football schedule

Several dates and games change for Illinois and Northwestern.

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Braden Norris sinks three threes in second OT to lift Loyola

Marquise Kennedy added 14 points for the Ramblers.