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University of Illinois’ Assembly Hall renamed to State Farm Center

(courtesy U of Illinois)

The University of Illinois has sold the naming rights for Assembly Hall to State Farm Insurance Company.

The State Farm Center is the second arena in the Big Ten Conference with a corporate sponsor. In 2011, Pinnacle Bank purchased the naming rights to Nebraska’s arena for $11.2 million over 25 years.

State Farm has its headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois, 50 miles from Champaign, home of the University of Illinois.

The 30-year, $60-million agreement, for the home of the Fighting Illini basketball teams, will take effect immediately.

The 50-year-old arena is undergoing a complete renovation and will be completed in the fall of 2016.

Illinois' State Farm Center (photo by Dori via wikipedia commons)


Buckeyes’ Simon named Big Ten Player of the Week; also wins Lott Impact weekly honor


John Simon (megasportsnews file photo)

John Simon’s play Saturday in Champaign, Illinois causing havov for the Fighting Illini offense has earned him the junior defensive tackle from Youngstown, Ohio, with the Defensive Player of the Week Award from the Big Ten Conference.

The Big Ten award, the first for a Buckeye this season, was one of numerous awards for Simon this week. Nationally, Simon was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Award’s National Defensive Lineman of the Week.

Spearheaded by Simon, the Ohio State defense with a career-high eight tackles, including a career-high four tackles-for-loss, in the team’s 17-7 road win over 16th-ranked and previously unbeaten Illinois. Simon’s TFL’s included two quarterback sacks and totaled 16 yards in losses. The total was one off the school record of five held by Andy Katzenmoyer vs. Arizona State in 1996, Jayson Gwinn vs. Indiana in 1993 and Judah Herman vs. Iowa in 1991.

The Buckeyes defense and Simon limited the Illini offense to 27 points below their average and to just 285 total yards after entering the game averaging almost 450 yards per game. The defense forced three Illinois turnovers; two interceptions and a fumble, with two setting up OSU points.


Info courtesy of OSU & the Big Ten Conference

OHIO STATE AT ILLINOIS: Illinois rolling with 6-0 start

(courtesy of Illinois athletics via wikipedia commons)

The tough month of October schedule continues for the Buckeyes on Saturday, as they make the 4-hour trip to Champaign, Illinois for a matchup with #15 Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium.

The game is set for kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on ABC-TV. The Buckeyes lead the series 62-30-4 and they won in Champaign last year 24-13.

The Illini are led by former OSU assistant coach and Loudonville, Ohio native Ron Zook.

The Illini at 6-0 have not started a season 7-0 since 1951 which was Woody Hayes’ first season at Ohio State.

The Illini on defense are not very good as they rank 56th nationally against the pass, allowing 217 yards per game.

The Illini offense is a good one led by QB Nathan Scheelhaase and WR A.J. Jenkins. That duo gave OSU fits last year and most definitely will this time around.

Jenkins leads the Big Ten in pass receptions (46), receiving yards (815) and receiving touchdowns (7). And Scheelhaase is a duo-threat who can run and pass. He is averaging 206 yards a game, with 10 passing touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

The Illini have a running back by committee like the Buckeyes. They employ Troy Pollard and Jason Ford and ranks 13th in the nation and fourth in the Big Ten in rushing with 226 yards per game.

The Illini have the edge on both sides of the ball for this matchup.

OSU women’s soccer beats #22 Illinois for 200th win in program history


Lauren Granberg (courtesy of OSU athletics)

The Ohio State women’s soccer team won the 200th game in the program’s history, beating #22 Illinois, 2-1, over the weekend at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

After a back-and-forth start Lauren Granberg, moved up from center back before the game, gave the Buckeyes the 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Megan Fuller played a long ball that was flicked on by Paige Maxwell and Granberg controlled with her back to goal, turned and knocked in a shot from eight yards out.

The Fighting Illini then tied it in the 38th minute when Janelle Flaws controlled a failed clearance ball in the top of the box and put it in from 10 yards out.

Granberg then gave the Buckeyes the lead once again in the 57th minute, beating Illinois goalkeeper Steph Panozzo with a header from six yards out off a cross from Maxwell.

OSU senior goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner came up huge five minutes later, making back-to-back diving saves to preserve the Ohio State lead to hold off the Fighting Illini.

Granberg is a 5’10 junior forward from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Info compiled from OSU athletics

Illinois beats Michigan State to win Big 10 baseball tournament


Corey Kimes

Michigan State beat Minnesota in the elimination game to set up the championship battle with Illinois.

The Fighting Illini, the #1 team in the tournament, blasted the Spartans 9-1 in the Big Ten Championship Game at Huntington Park over the weekend.

Corey Kimes pitched a complete game and Matt Dittman cracked a grand slam to fuel the win.

Kimes (4-4) surrendered no walks and had seven strikeouts and allowed seven hits.

Illinois catcher Adam Davis was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

Illinois (28-25) had won five of its previous 6 games in its last at-bat and 19 of its 28 wins.

Matt Dillman

The Illini, under head coach Dan Hartlieb, has won eight straight games, earned the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Illinois last won the Big Ten Tournament in 2000.


PHOTOS courtesy of Illinois athletics


Info courtesy of Illinois athletics & Big Ten Conference

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