This is a huge weekend for Illini sports

After a lackluster pair of games against renown juggernauts Lewis University and Nicholls State University, the Illini head to Arizona for a pair of potentially-damning games against tough competition.

Tonight, they play Grand Canyon (TV: ESPN3) and are only 7-point favorites, which is extremely fishy. This could be a let down, folks.

On Sunday, they take on Arizona (#20 in KenPom) (TV: find a stream because no one in C-U gets Pac-12 Network), in what will almost certainly be a trouncing. Hopefully it’s competitive.

Meanwhile, Illini football are 15-point underdogs on the road at Michigan State (TV: FS1) in just the second November game that’s mattered for Illini football in the past, I don’t know, 15 years or so. Get ready by listening to this week’s The 200 Level.

Anyway here some memes, etc.

Housing authority’s plan to cover UI dorm costs for low-income students draws criticism

(Adalberto Toledo / News-Gazette)

This is why we can’t have nice things, folks

(Ben Zigterman / News-Gazette)

Davis Says Impeachment Testimony Transcripts Don’t Tell Whole Story

(Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media)

Smile Politely is starting an advice column

(Julie McClure + Jessica Hammie / Smile Politely)

Urbana is considering putting more cops in schools

Something seems very un-Urbana about that.



explain this one krannert from r/UIUC

Listen to the latest Champaign Is Also A Band podcast

Sven chats with Neil Yeager of Sunwise/Withershins.

Four area schools among top in Illinois in 2019 state report card

(Noelle McGee / News-Gazette)

The inventor of the LED light will be the Parade of Lights Grand Marshal

How fitting.

(Julie McClure / Smile Politely)

Nick Offerman On Masculinity, Megan Mullally And Not Being Ron Swanson

Here’s a great interview betwee Nick Offerman (the Patron Saint of Champaign-Urbana) and NPR’s Jeremy Hobson, who is from Urbana.

Galaxy brain, am I right?

(Jeremy Hobson / Illinois Public Media)

Danville Boys and Girls Club ‘overjoyed’ by casino developer’s $1M pledge to fund expansion

Hell yeah! Danvegas already (pledging to be) paying dividends!

(Tracy Crane / News-Gazette)

State asking UI to commit up to $35 million to get Altgeld, Illini Hall renovations started

(Julie Wurth / News-Gazette)

Ask us anything on November 20th at our Smile Politely AMA at Quality

(Patrick Singer / Smile Politely)

Urbana council OKs expansion of snow-removal districts, but not streets connecting them

I’m just gonna come right out and say it I have no idea what this means but it sounds…bizarre.

(Adalberto Toledo / News-Gazette)

It’s Friday

Be safe and be great.