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D.J. Williams transferring from Illinois

D.J. Williams transferring from Illinois

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
May 8, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

D.J. Williams is transferring from Illinois. The Illini granted Williams a full release Monday. Head coach Brad Underwood made a statement Monday evening on Williams’ departure. “After meeting with D.J., we came to the decision that a fresh start is in his best interest,” Underwood said. ...

Illini add Antigua to staff, starting to look at Kansas recruit

Illini add Antigua to staff, starting to look at Kansas recruit

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
April 13, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois basketball has had itself a hectic couple of weeks. A few days ago, the Illini granted release requests for class of 2017 recruits Javon Pickett and Jeremiah Tilmon. There weren’t many indicators that Pickett and Tilmon were planning on requesting their releases until the two posted on socia...

Can Mark Smith be the next to join the class of 2017?

Can Mark Smith be the next to join the class of 2017?

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
April 10, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

When Brad Underwood was hired a few weeks ago, Illini fans buzzed with electricity. He was a proven winner during his time at Stephen F. Austin State University and Oklahoma State. But the bulbs started to dim when recruiting got in the mix. Questions began to surface of whether or not Underwood would...

Top Illini recruit Jeremiah Tilmon asks for release

Top Illini recruit Jeremiah Tilmon asks for release

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
April 6, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Jeremiah Tilmon has requested a release from his National Letter of Intent with Illinois. The 6-foot-10 center from East Saint Louis, Ill., made the announcement via Instagram Wednesday afternoon. Tilmon had verbally committed to play for former head coach John Groce on July 11, 2016, and signed his Natio...

New location, same results for Illinois baseball over spring break

New location, same results for Illinois baseball over spring break

Thomas Polcyn, Staff writer
March 27, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Prior to spring break, Illinois baseball head coach Dan Hartleb said that he and his team were excited to play their first home games of the season. Hartleb went on to say that he thought the familiar surroundings and having the home fans behind them would provide the Illini with a boost. But,...

Underwood and Illinois retain Walker on staff

Underwood and Illinois retain Walker on staff

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
March 27, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

Illinois men's basketball has retained Jamall Walker as a member of its coaching staff. Walker spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach for John Groce’s staff at Illinois. When Groce was fired March 11, Walker was promoted to interim head coach and led Illinois to a 2-1 record in the National...

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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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...

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