Mark Smith Commits to Illinois

Fast rising point guard Mark Smith has committed to Brad Underwood and Illinois. Smith originally committed to play baseball at Missouri and then decided to focus on basketball last summer before having a massive senior season. During his senior season, Smith became Mr. Basketball in Illinois and received huge interest

Mark Smith Recruiting Sweepstakes Coming to a Close

Mr. Illinois Basketball winner Mark Smith is set to announce his college decision on Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. CT at Edwardsville High School. The 6-foot- 5 senior combo guard averaged 21.9 points, 8.4 assists, and 8.2 rebounds per game in his senior season at Edwardsville. As a standout baseball player as well, Smith

Grading each of the head coach hirings

Grading the head coach hirings this offseason by: Jonathon Warriner Indiana-Archie Miller, Grade: B This is a very good hire for the Hoosiers, while at Dayton his teams were always a threat to win the Atlantic-10 and during the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Miller lead the Flyers to the Elite Eight. This hire is

2016 ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge Preview

Every year, the ACC is put up against the Big Ten for bragging rights as the better basketball conference. Although the ACC had dominated prior to the Big Ten's first win in 2009 (after 10 ACC wins to start the Challenge), the Big Ten has now either tied or won

Big-Ten Conference Standings Prediction

We polled all of our student writers to predict the standings in the Big-Ten this year. Last year our standings were very close and we hope for the same this year. Check out where your favorite team checked in below. 1 Michigan State 2 Indiana 3 Wisconsin 4 Purdue 5 Maryland 6 Michigan 7 Ohio State 8 Iowa 9 Northwestern 10 Penn State 11 Illinois 12 Minnesota 13 Nebraska 14 Rutgers

CPP Podcast: Big Ten Preview

Our first conference preview podcast will discuss the Big Ten from top to bottom including our predictions for Coach and Player of the Year! Zach Beeler, Sean Bock, and Ryan Dahlkamp join host Brad Kreppel to give great analysis and insight into everything Big Ten.

Big Ten Tournament Day 2 Roundup

Bankers Life Fieldhouse-Indianapolis, Indiana #9 Northwestern Wildcats 70 #8 Michigan Wolverines 72 F/OT The early morning game on Day 2 of the Big Ten tournament definitely woke everyone up and set up for the great games later in the day. In a matchup that was very even from start to finish, a

Postgame: Badgers overpower the Illini, add another injury to the list for Illinois

Champaign, Illinois-State Farm Center Wisconsin Badgers 63 Illinois Fighting Illini 55 F Sunday night seemed like a microcosm of the season to this point for the Fighting Illini. That could be primarily summed up by injuries, poor offensive play, no rebounding, and more injuries. Illinois got off to a pretty good start against

Notre Dame v. Illinois Preview

This Wednesday, Notre Dame (4-2) will travel to Champaign to take on the Fighting Illini (3-4) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Notre Dame is looking to rebound after a disappointing result in the AdvoCare Invitational that saw the Irish lose to Monmouth and their ravenous bench and an Alabama team