Chris Lykes scored 28 points and Miami held off a furious second-half comeback to beat Illinois 81-79 on Monday.
The conditions Saturday at Memorial Stadium were a depressing combination of rain, wind and flop sweat. The home crowd was leaving wet and unhappy after witnessing rival Northwestern upset the bowl-bound Illini 29-10.
Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, five others scored in double digits and Illinois rolled over Division-II Lindenwood 117-65 Tuesday.
Illinois beat Hampton 120-71 with help from Kofi Cockburn, the only freshman in the country with five double-doubles through six games.
“It’s taken an awful lot to get us fired up, and we are anxious to play this game. We were embarrassed on our home turf last year,” Illinois coach Lovie Smith said.
Kofi Cockburn scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Illinois beat Hawaii 66-53 on Monday night.
Nico Mannion scored 23 points, Josh Green added 20 and No. 21 Arizona's freshmen dominated in a 90-69 win over Illinois Sunday night.
Brandon Peters threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Barker with five seconds left, completing an incredible Illinois comeback to give the Illini a 37-34 victory over Michigan State on Saturday night.
Illinois started its two-game desert road trip in one of the rowdiest environments in college basketball.
One stat jumps out at Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio when he talks about Illinois.
Three defensive takeaways, including a pick-6, and timely offense carried red-hot Illinois past Rutgers 38-10 on Saturday.
Illinois coach Lovie Smith knows his team must shake off the magic dust and focus on Saturday's game, which will be against Rutgers.
Lovie Smith inherited outdated football facilities, among the worst in college football, when he was hired at Illinois in 2016 and he knew it.
Dre Brown kept Illinois grounded Saturday. Cornerback Tony Adams scored all the points the Fighting Illini needed.
Jeff Brohm sees Lovie Smith's influence all over Illinois' improving defense.
A young, maturing Illinois team is hoping for a breakthrough this season - the kind coach Brad Underwood saw coming when he arrived in Champaign two years ago.
James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time expired and Illinois pulled off the biggest upset of the college football season, knocking off No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on Saturday.
After five straight home games, the Badgers will hit the road for the first time since the season opener when they visit Illinois on Saturday.
Nebraska will play Illinois in Dublin, Ireland, to open the 2021 season, the second game in a five-game series of college football games on the Emerald Isle.
A four-touchdown lead had been whittled to three and No. 16 Michigan needed a response to Illinois' 25 straight points.