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Illini show promise with new starters in open practice

Illini show promise with new starters in open practice

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Top Stories

For Brad Underwood and the Illinois men’s basketball team, the Homecoming open practice didn’t mean much on the court, but it did provide an audience at Ubben Saturday morning that was eager to see the new-look Illini. In front of a crowd, Underwood ran his team on offense and defense, running dr...

Underwood addresses season at Basketball Media Days

Underwood addresses season at Basketball Media Days

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 12, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illini men's basketball head coach Brad Underwood took the podium at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago on Thursday morning to address the upcoming season. Underwood began by offering respects to the passing of legendary coach Tex Winter, who Underwood said he got to know when he was at Kansas State as a player and ...

Illini experience plenty of change in new season

Illini experience plenty of change in new season

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

It was an overcast Friday, not unlike other October Fridays in Champaign, but inside the Ubben practice facility, it wasn’t just another Friday. Head coach Brad Underwood addressed the media for about half an hour before taking pictures with his team, marking the beginning of a new season for Illin...

Ubben Basketball Complex to undergo $30 million renovation

Ubben Basketball Complex to undergo $30 million renovation

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

June 11, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois director of athletics Josh Whitman announced a $30 million renovation project for Ubben Basketball Complex, the practice facility for the Illinois men’s and women’s basketball programs. The renovations are expected to be completed about three years after the plan is approved by the Univ...

ICYMI: Illinois lands four-star forward Tevian Jones

ICYMI: Illinois lands four-star forward Tevian Jones

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

April 4, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Brad Underwood and company landed their fifth recruit of the 2018 class earlier today when small forward Tevian Jones announced his commitment to the Illini via his personal twitter account. The six-foot-six athlete had offers from Arizona, California and Nevada. https://twitter.com/TheReal_TJones/status/981195951032291328 Jones...

ICYMI: Finke and Lucas transferring, Illini add one

ICYMI: Finke and Lucas transferring, Illini add one

By The Daily Illini Sports Desk

March 28, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Redshirt-junior Michael Finke and sophomore guard Te'Jon Lucas announced they will both be transferring from the program on March 26. Originally from Champaign, Illinois, Finke, the hometown favorite from Centennial High School, has received his degree from the University and will have one year...

Basketball, football pick up star commitments for 2018

Basketball, football pick up star commitments for 2018

By The Daily Illini Sports Desk

March 12, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Football, Men's Sports, Sports

It was a big weekend for both Illinois basketball and football. Both teams locked down commitments from high-profile recruits during each of their respective visits. The Illini men’s basketball team landed a commitment from its third member of the 2018 recruiting class. Samba Kane comes in as a ...

Fighting Illini men’s basketball land third member of 2018 recruiting class

Fighting Illini men’s basketball land third member of 2018 recruiting class

By Eli Schuster, Assistant Sports Editor for Video

March 9, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team has locked down a commitment from its third member of the 2018 recruiting class. First of all I want to thank God and my mom for always supporting me during the process I also wanna thanks the Illinois stuff for giving me this great opportunity special than...

Mark Smith to transfer from Illinois after one season

Mark Smith to transfer from Illinois after one season

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

March 5, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Freshman guard Mark Smith will transfer from the Illinois basketball program after one season, according to a report from Joe Henricksen of City/Suburban Hoops Report. https://twitter.com/joehoopsreport/status/970725606357897216 Illinois Athletics confirmed this on Monday afternoon in a press release. “We ...

Illini men’s basketball year in review

Illini men’s basketball year in review

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

March 5, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

As the wise men of the Grateful Dead once said, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” This Illini men’s basketball season was one of many highs and lows ranging from initial tournament hopes, a fifth straight Braggin’ Rights win, heartbreaking losses and many more big moments. But, it en...

Frazier, Black earn Big Ten honors

Frazier, Black earn Big Ten honors

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois guard Trent Frazier and forward Leron Black each earned Big Ten honors on Monday ahead of the start of the Big Ten Tournament. Frazier was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and both him and Black earned an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. Frazier led all Big Ten freshmen in points,...

FBI investigation creates perfect opportunity for NCAA

FBI investigation creates perfect opportunity for NCAA

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Arizona head coach Sean Miller was not present at his team’s loss to Oregon on Saturday. Only hours before the game, it was announced that Miller was the latest victim of the FBI’s investigation into college basketball. The FBI wire-tapped his phones and heard him discussing paying Deandre Ayton $10...

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