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Underwood and Illinois retain Walker on staff

Underwood and Illinois retain Walker on staff

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
March 27
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
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...

Hill moves into third on all-time scoring list in NIT win

Hill moves into third on all-time scoring list in NIT win

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
March 20
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Move over Dee Brown — Malcolm Hill has cemented his place in Illinois history. On a night featuring a 71-56 Illinois men's basketball NIT win over Boise State, Hill dropped 13 points, moving him into sole possession of third place in the program's all-time scoring list. The senior now has 1,817...

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...

Brad Underwood introduced as Illinois men’s basketball head coach

Brad Underwood introduced as Illinois men’s basketball head coach

Stephen Cohn, Staff Writer
March 20
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Tyler Underwood’s next jersey will say “Illinois” on the front, just like the first one he wore growing up in Illinois. The difference will be on the back. This one will say “Underwood.” The last one said, “Cook.”  Former Illini star forward Brian Cook was a childhood favorite for...

Illinois men’s basketball hires Brad Underwood as new head coach

Illinois men’s basketball hires Brad Underwood as new head coach

Matt Gertsmeier, Staff writer
March 18
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Brad Underwood has been hired as the 18th head coach in Illinois basketball program history. Multiple sources confirmed the hiring of the 53-year-old coach on Twitter Saturday. Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman tweeted a photo with Underwood and released a statement on the hiring. “...

Illinois men’s basketball preparing for Boise State

Illinois men’s basketball preparing for Boise State

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
March 16
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Coming off a win over Valparaiso on Tuesday, the Illinois men’s basketball team drew a matchup it may not have been expecting for the Round of 16 game in the NIT. The No. 3 seed in Illinois’ region — Utah — fell in an upset against Boise State. The Broncos come into Champaign as the No. 6 seed...

The curious career of Malcolm Hill

The curious career of Malcolm Hill

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
March 16
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

After four years, Malcolm Hill is almost right back where he started — committed to Illinois with a head coach he didn’t expect to have in charge. When Hill first met John Groce in 2012, he wasn’t sure if there was a spot for him on the Illinois basketball team. The then 17-year-old Hill was eating o...

Coleman-Lands makes his next big play off the court

Coleman-Lands makes his next big play off the court

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
March 16
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Timing is everything. On a basketball court, teams can time a play for an easy bucket. In the working world, people can time their departure to avoid hours of traffic. And a few years ago, around 2 a.m. in a Panda Express bathroom in Palo Alto, California, the timing was just right for Musa Sulejmani. After spe...

NIT rules have potential after display in Illinois men’s basketball win

NIT rules have potential after display in Illinois men’s basketball win

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
March 15
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Tuesday's 82-57 dismantling of Valparaiso was much needed for the Illinois men’s basketball team. After losses to Rutgers to close the regular season and to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament, Illinois seemed due for a win. Leron Black finished with a double-double for the Illini dropping 13 poin...

Updated rapid recap: Illinois blows out Valparaiso in first game after Groce firing

Updated rapid recap: Illinois blows out Valparaiso in first game after Groce firing

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
March 14
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The questions of how the Illinois men’s basketball team would respond following the firing of former head coach John Groce were answered quickly Tuesday when the team beat Valparaiso 82-57 in the first round of the NIT. “I think our head’s right,"senior Malcolm Hill said. "Coming into this gam...

Interim head coach Jamall Walker stresses continuity, motivation ahead of NIT

Interim head coach Jamall Walker stresses continuity, motivation ahead of NIT

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
March 14
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Following the firing of former head coach John Groce, the Illinois men’s basketball team is preparing for its opening round matchup in the NIT. The first test of the post-Groce era comes in the form of Valparaiso, a mid-major school out of the Horizon League that finished 24-8 on the season. Interim...

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