Tag: illinois vs. northwestern

Illini basketball routs Northwestern: avenges loss with authority 62-41

Illini basketball routs Northwestern: avenges loss with authority 62-41
It may have been a home game for Northwestern on paper, but the crowd was about 75-80% cheering for Illini basketball. Sometimes in sports media you can start writing your story by halftime. And you can file it before the final horn. All you need then is the quotes to add in; tonight was one of those nights. Is Illinois vs Northwestern a real, true acrimonious rivalry? John Groce's team truly stomped on his opponent's throat as if they were. Although I was always thought the Indiana Hoosiers were the true rival of Illinois, as their all time series is dead even. The Illinois vs Northwestern series is now 130-38 in favor of the Illini who also lead in Evanston 60-24 all time. This was a big win for Illini basketball as they avenge their second of two bad RPI losses. Purdue was the other...

Illinois alums take shot at Northwestern's "Chicago's Team" slogan

Illinois alums take shot at Northwestern's "Chicago's Team" slogan
I received a mass email today from the Illinois Alumni Association. The subject heading: ILLINOIS: Chicago’s Big Ten University The message content: Illinois alumni don’t need an expensive roadside billboard to let people know we’re the best public Big Ten university in Chicago! Instead, make your case in your office space by displaying your loyalty... Read more »

A.J. Jenkins: Illini MVP, Big 10 Best WR

A.J. Jenkins: Illini MVP, Big 10 Best WR
Earlier this college football season, University of Illinois senior wide receiver A.J. Jenkins made some comments that proclaimed himself the best wide receiver in the Big Ten. He has since backed off from those remarks, and now maintains a more standard, PR-friendly, humble and some could say vanilla manner in his on-the-record comments to the... Read more »
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Illini Nip Cats on Final Play: Now Chicago's True Big Ten Team?

Illini Nip Cats on Final Play: Now Chicago's True Big Ten Team?
It was a week where one school’s marketing slogan became a motivational rallying cry for the other school in the state. Northwestern has been promoting themselves as “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” for a season and half, and today Illinois made stated pretty loudly how they felt about it. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown... Read more »

#22 Illinois vs. Northwestern: Brutally Honest Game Preview

#22 Illinois vs. Northwestern: Brutally Honest Game Preview
Big Ten conference play begins with the annual in-state rivalry game between the Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini. It does feel a little weird not having this game played on the last week of the season, when all the other intrastate, intra-region bloodfeud games are held.  But last year it was such a special... Read more »