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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...

Hill, seniors ready to make final push for postseason berth

Hill, seniors ready to make final push for postseason berth

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
February 23
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men’s basketball team has worked its way up to a defining game on its schedule. At 6-9 in conference play, the team has three games left in the Big Ten season, meaning it has to win out to avoid back-to-back losses in the Big Ten season. The Illini take to the road this weekend for a ma...

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 ...

WATCH: Groce talks gamechangers

WATCH: Groce talks gamechangers

Charlotte Carroll, Sports Editor
February 21
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois Head Coach John Groce talks about the defense's role and what his team did differently in the win over Northwestern.

WATCH: Maverick Morgan talks Northwestern win

WATCH: Maverick Morgan talks Northwestern win

Charlotte Carroll, Sports Editor
February 21
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois' Maverick Morgan talks recent winning and what the Illini are doing differently.

WATCH: Northwestern coach discusses defeat

WATCH: Northwestern coach discusses defeat

Charlotte Carroll, Sports Editor
February 21
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Northwestern Head Coach Chris Collins talks what Illinois did well in the Illini's 66-50 win.

Photo Gallery: Illini basketball vs. Northwestern

Photo Gallery: Illini basketball vs. Northwestern

Austin Yattoni, Staff photographer
February 21
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Photo & Video, Sports, Top Stories

Photo Gallery: Illinois vs. Northwestern

Updated rapid recap: Illinois men’s basketball beats Northwestern 66-50

Updated rapid recap: Illinois men’s basketball beats Northwestern 66-50

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
February 21
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

The Illinois men's basketball team completed a season sweep over Northwestern with a wire-to-wire 66-50 victory. The win featured possibly the most well rounded team performance by the Illini all season. Seven players scored, while the defense held Northwestern to 32.1 percent from the field. A...

Illinois has a chance to sweep Northwestern with win Tuesday

Illinois has a chance to sweep Northwestern with win Tuesday

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
February 21
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

A win on Tuesday would be the first set of back-to-back conference wins for the Illinois basketball program in nearly two years. Illinois is set for a rematch at home with Northwestern, and Illinois has already taken them down on the road earlier in the season. However, the Wildcats have their...

Keys to an Illinois basketball win today against Northwestern

Keys to an Illinois basketball win today against Northwestern

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
February 21
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

The Illinois basketball team has the opportunity to achieve a couple of milestones on Tuesday. “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” is making the trek down south as Illinois has a chance to win back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time in two years and complete its second sweep of the season. I...

Big Ten basketball power rankings

Big Ten basketball power rankings

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
February 20
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini sports staff ranks the basketball teams in the Big Ten, 1-14, and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings. 1. Purdue 22-5, 11-3 Purdue cruised to a perfect week with pure domination over Rutgers and Michigan State, which is why the B...

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