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3:00 PMLSU at IndianaWatch
4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
7:00 PMGeorgetown at Rutgers Watch
7:00 PMIowa St. at NebraskaWatch
7:30 PMGeorgetown at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
8:00 PMArizona St. at IowaWatch

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Take a closer look at Illini relief pitcher Tyler Jay

Get to know Illinois closer Tyler Jay, who has become a dominant reliever in college baseball. Lightly recruited out of high school, the lefty and Illinois’ top prospect, talks about how his father helped him become the pitcher he is today. The Illini (40-6-1, 16-1), winners of a program-record 21 straight games, moved up one spot to No. 6 in the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, released Monday. Illinois swept Ohio State in Columbus this past weekend, marking its fifth consecutive Big Ten sweep. Its only Big Ten defeat came March 29 at Michigan State.

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Undrafted free agent signings: Track all of the Big Ten deals

Thirty-five Big Ten football players were selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Now, it's time for the players who weren't selected to ink undrafted free agent contracts with the team of their choice.

BTN LiveBIG: Illinois professor shows how music universally bridges cultural divides

It’s a genre of music invented by former African slaves and their descendants just a few decades after emancipation. Though novel, the rhythms and melodies were the result of a fusion between the native musical forms they brought over from their home continent and instrumentation they encountered in their new country. As it evolved and grew more popular, it became an emblem of national pride, unity and ingenuity. We’re talking, of course, about Brazilian samba. Americans can be forgiven for assuming the description above referred to jazz or blues. After all, that’s their frame of reference, and the history of

2015 NFL Draft: 12 Big Ten players taken in Rounds 2 & 3

The second day of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books. A total of 12 former Big Ten stars were selected in the second day of the NFL Draft, with eight of them landing in the second round, and four in the third round.

NFL Draft: A look at Big Ten first-round picks since 2005

The Big Ten had three first-round picks last night to kick off the 2015 NFL Draft. That brings the Big Ten school’s total first-round picks to 57 in the last 11 drafts. Ohio State leads the way with 13 first-round picks, almost twice as many as No. 2 school Wisconsin which has had seven. On Thursday, Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff went No. 5 to the Redskins, Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes went No. 11 to the Vikings and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon went No. 15 to the Chargers. It is a bit of a surprise to see Illinois No.

NFL Draft: A look at the Big Ten players still on the board

Just three Big Ten schools had players picked in the opening round of the draft, with Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin being represented. When could other schools see their first player picked? Here is a look at the player most likely to be picked first (or next) from each Big Ten school over the next two days of the draft. You can track the draft at FoxSports.com. Illinois: TE Matt LaCosse, 7th round-FA Indiana: RB Tevin Coleman, 2nd-3rd round Iowa: DT Carl Davis, 2nd-3rd round Maryland: WR Stefon Diggs, 3rd-4th round Michigan: WR Devin Funchess, 3rd-4th round Michigan State: RB