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Asmussen: Can Lunney’s offense make another jump in 2023?

Mar. 22—CHAMPAIGN — The numbers don't lie. Illinois football in 2022 improved in wins (from five to eight), points (from 20 to 24 per game) and in yards (from 330 to 378 yards per game). First-year offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. had some advantages, especially early in the season. Because he was new to the…

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Good Morning, Illini Nation: UNC transfer on Illinois radar

Mar. 22—Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He'll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood's team: Featured Local Savings Dontrez Styles played sparingly in two seasons at North Carolina. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound wing appeared in 45…

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‘It makes it even more special to be here with everyone’

Mar. 17—DES MOINES, Iowa. — Illini fans were greeted by familiar sights and sounds at Thursday's NCAA men's basketball tournament game against Arkansas. Illinois' band and cheerleading squads made sure of that, despite smaller numbers and more stringent restrictions that come with performing at the Big Dance. Both groups had to manage venturing to two…

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Quick hits | Spring football underway

Mar. 20—Spring football practices start Tuesday for Illinois. Beat writer Scott Richey delivers items of note from Bret Bieleam's pre-spring press conference: Injury, roster update Illinois won't be at full strength when practices start Tuesday at Irwin Indoor Practice Facility. Sophomore safety Matthew Bailey, junior offensive lineman Zy Crisler and senior defensive lineman Bryce Barnes…

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March Madness expected to generate record betting in Illinois, as office pools return and sportsbooks top $1 billion in January

Three years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic canceled March Madness and delayed the launch of legal sportsbooks in Illinois, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is tipping off this week with more bettors than ever. From resurgent office pools to online sports betting, 68 million Americans — 1 in 4 adults — are expected…