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Of the Illini’s recent bowl games, the most tickets were sold to the Rose (25,098), but the university was committed to 26,272. That left the UI to absorb $158,490 total for unsold tickets. The total cost of tickets absorbed for the Kraft bowl reached $107,020.

ST. LOUIS – Just as Santa was preparing to dump a bucket full of coal into the Illini basketball stocking Saturday, Ray Rice stopped the jolly old man in his

ST. LOUIS – Watch him for five minutes and it’s hard not to fall in love with Leron Black’s basketball energy.

What do you do when 21 years comes full circle? How do you handle a moment like that? Early in the second half I tweeted that I was courtside in press row, so if we won on a last second shot, "forg...

Mike Thomas spent Saturday in St. Louis. The Illinois athletic director took in his fourth Braggin’ Rights’ game between his Illini and Missouri at the Scottrade Center. He’s off to Dallas this week ahead of Tim Beckman’s team playing Louisiana Tech in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. It’s the first bowl trip for Thomas at Illinois since the Illini went to San Francisco in 2011 for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Before he hit the road, staff writer Matt Daniels caught up with Thomas, who celebrated his 55th birthday Saturday:

Mike Thomas, who turned 55 on Saturday, is off to Dallas this week ahead of Tim Beckman’s team playing Louisiana Tech in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. It’s the first bowl trip for Thomas at Illinois since 2011.

Mike Pearson checks in each week with a piece of Illinois athletic history.

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Who wins the Big Ten's 10 bowl games? See our picks, plus FOX columnist Bruce Feldman's, and cast your winners inside.

Transfer guard gets to appreciate different type of rivalry game

Illinois-Missouri rivalry a must-see game

Bob Asmussen checks in with grades for the Illini after Saturday's Braggin' Rights win against Missouri

And Illini senior comes through in the clutch in Braggin' Rights win

Illini Basketball: Video: Rayvonte Rice buzzer beater vs Missouri with radio call - IllinoisLoyalty.com

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Centennial grad knocks down buzzer beater for Braggin' Rights victory

The Illini defeated the Tigers 62-59, capturing the Braggin' Rights trophy for the second-straight year.

Rayvonte Rice, ladies and gentlemen.

The crowds for both Illinois and Missouri maintained a level of intensity throughout the game — an electricity Illinois hadn’t experienced yet this season.

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) Illinois State scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as the fifth-seeded Redbirds rallied for a 21-18 win over top-seeded New Hampshire in the FCS semifinals on Saturday.

Illinois gets to retain Braggin' Rights for the second consecutive season, and they have Rayvonte Rice to thank. The star senior hit a ridiculous buzzer-beating fadeaway triple to send the Illini to an exciting 62-59 victory over border rival

Illini Basketball: Illinois 62, Missouri 59 - IllinoisLoyalty.com

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