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Illinois men’s basketball falls to Central Florida in NIT

Illinois men’s basketball falls to Central Florida in NIT

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
March 22
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Six Illinois men's basketball seniors saw their Illini careers come to an end Wednesday night. Illinois dropped the NIT quarterfinal matchup against Central Florida, 68-58. For the first time in school history, Central Florida played in front of a sold-out crowd. The game could not be played at the...

Get ready for wins and points in the Underwood era

Get ready for wins and points in the Underwood era

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
March 20
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Uncategorized

While many people have had their eyes fixated on the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament, Illinois stole the college basketball spotlight momentarily with the hiring of Brad Underwood. It was the Illini’s “One Shining Moment” of March. But, there’s a strong chance this hiring will sh...

Groce fired from Illinois, national search begins

Groce fired from Illinois, national search begins

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
March 13
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce has been fired after five years coaching the Illini. He finished his career at Illinois with a record of 95-75, going 37-53 in conference play. Groce constantly battled with inconsistency on his teams and this last season was a prime example. Things just...

Firing Groce is tough on personal level, step in right direction for Illinois men’s basketball

Firing Groce is tough on personal level, step in right direction for Illinois men’s basketball

Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor
March 11
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Just over a year ago, Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman fired head football coach Bill Cubit, after a tumultuous year for the football program. On Saturday, Illinois fired its men’s basketball head coach John Groce. Some big differences? There’s still playing time for the baske...

Tracy Abrams shines in disappointing Big Ten tournament loss

Tracy Abrams shines in disappointing Big Ten tournament loss

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
March 9
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Tracy Abrams committed to the University of Illinois when George W. Bush was still sitting in the Oval Office. Over the past nine years, including six of those as a member of the Illinois men's basketball team, Abrams has needed his teammates to step up in his absence. The senior point guard missed...

Breaking down the Big Ten Tournament

Breaking down the Big Ten Tournament

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
March 8
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

One of the greatest weeks in college basketball is upon us. Wednesday marks the start of the Big Ten tournament in Washington D.C. After a season where almost every Big Ten team beat up on each other, any sort of outcome seems reasonably possible. That means this week could have the potential to gi...

Ironic call cuts Illinois’ season short

Ironic call cuts Illinois’ season short

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
March 6
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Flashback four years ago to March 24, 2013. It’s the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament, and Illinois is down by two against Miami. With about 45 seconds to go, an errant shot from D.J. Richardson ricochets off a Hurricane player out of bounds, but the officials thought otherwise. Miami gains posse...

Breaking down Wednesday’s Illinois men’s basketball thriller

Breaking down Wednesday’s Illinois men’s basketball thriller

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
March 2
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Wow. What a night. In a must-win game, the Illinois men's basketball team came through with a victory over Michigan State on Senior Night. This game had all the hype to be an iconic moment for John Groce and his senior class. They delivered. With 19 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and...

Beer pong game: 21 years of Unofficial and 21 years of Illini Sports

Beer pong game: 21 years of Unofficial and 21 years of Illini Sports

Daily Illini Sports Staff
March 2
Filed under Columns, Sports

In the spirit of our school’s favorite holiday — Unofficial — we decided to compare some of the most famous Illinois sports events to formations in one of the most famous drinking games of all time: Beer Pong. Since Unofficial is turning 21, we decided to look back at the past 21 years in Illi...

Michigan State could be biggest game of Groce’s career

Michigan State could be biggest game of Groce’s career

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
March 1
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Tonight marks the end of the Illinois men's basketball team's regular season home games. But, it could very well be the start of serious discussion regarding its postseason hopes, as Illinois hosts Michigan State in the most crucial game of the season. The Illini’s recent hot streak has spurre...

Breaking down the Big Ten’s chances at the NCAA tournament

Breaking down the Big Ten’s chances at the NCAA tournament

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
February 23
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Selection Sunday is a little over two weeks away, and it’s absolutely one of my favorite days of the year. I can sense a palpable buzz as I scroll through Twitter, watch the live feed of teams finding out they have gotten a seed and hear the soothing voice of Greg Gumbel. As a Power Five conference...

Illinois men’s basketball ignites against Northwestern in season sweep

Illinois men’s basketball ignites against Northwestern in season sweep

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
February 21
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

This year, Northwestern might finally get a seed in the NCAA Tournament. But, Illinois has the Wildcats’ number this season. The Illini completed their series sweep with Northwestern and won back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time in two years. To add insult to injury, Illinois led the ...

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