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Illinois’ Eboigbodin is still finding his way

Illinois’ Eboigbodin is still finding his way

By James Boyd, Staff writer

February 26, 2018


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

Trailing 37-28 in the midst of a 14-6 run by Purdue, Illinois needed a basket from anyone to stop the bleeding. On the Illini’s next possession, Greg Eboigbodin caught the ball in the post, turned and missed a point-blank layup at the rim. Head coach Brad Underwood threw his hands up in the air as i...

Illini’s best not enough for No. 9 Boilermakers

Illini’s best not enough for No. 9 Boilermakers

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 22, 2018


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

“Good college basketball game,” is how head coach Brad Underwood opened up Thursday's presser, and that's exactly what it was: a good basketball game. Despite the loss, the Illini played one of their most complete games all season, and thanks to huge games from Trent Frazier and Leron Black, had a ...

Michigan State dominates Illinois in second half

Michigan State dominates Illinois in second half

By Will Gerard, Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois kept it close early in East Lansing but was plagued by another slow start out of the halftime intermission. The visitors trailed by just three points at halftime, following a layup from freshman forward Greg Eboigbodin on a dish from fellow freshman point guard Trent Frazier with nine secon...

Black’s game speaks volumes for Illinois

Black’s game speaks volumes for Illinois

By James Boyd, Staff writer

February 22, 2018


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

On the court, Leron Black has no problem talking. His deep, raspy voice can be heard barking out Illinois’ tasks on both sides of the ball. But when he’s not on that 94-by-50 foot stretch of hardwood, he usually doesn’t have much to say. Black has only met with the media a handful of times this y...

Ritondale, Illini, ready for playoffs

Ritondale, Illini, ready for playoffs

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The regular season for the Illinois men’s hockey team is over, but a familiar foe awaits them in the postseason. Illinois will take on Ohio in the semifinals of the CSCHL playoffs on Saturday in Athens, Georgia. Ohio forced a split on the season series, winning two of the four meetings between the team...

Illinois Basketball hangs on late for Senior Day victory

Illinois Basketball hangs on late for Senior Day victory

By Will Gerard, Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


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

After a short scoring drought early in the second half, it appeared that Illinois would once again fold over in the final 20 minutes of play in front of a sellout crowd at the State Farm Center on Senior Day. “The first half was a lot of fun, and the second half became pretty painful at times,” s...

Letter to the basketball team

Letter to the basketball team

By Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor

February 19, 2018


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

Dearest Illinois basketball team, How are you guys? Are you good? I know sometimes Underwood yells in your face and that can be a little intimidating, but I’m sure it’s because he cares. He sees the potential in the team, he knows you guys have what it takes but you have to believe th...

Illini keep the Huskers from dancing: Sunday reaction column

Illini keep the Huskers from dancing: Sunday reaction column

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 18, 2018


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

Three-point shooting has been a big focus for the Illini this season, and in Sunday’s matchup with Nebraska, it paid off. While scoring droughts have plagued the Illini all season, the shooting against the Huskers was absolutely lights-out. In the first half alone, Illinois shot just over 62 percent from...

Illinois comes back but loses fourth straight game

Illinois comes back but loses fourth straight game

By James Boyd, Staff writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

On Illinois’ final possession of the game, Te’Jon Lucas threw a skip pass to Kipper Nichols but it was too high. Nichols jumped to try and save it but the ball grazed his fingertips before sailing out of bounds. It was the Illini’s 12th turnover of the game and a summary of their overall seas...

Penn State v. Illinois reaction

Penn State v. Illinois reaction

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 14, 2018


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

Despite another solid start, the Illini were unable to hang on and dropped their third straight game. A poor shooting night from Trent Frazier and little contribution from anybody else besides Leron Black was a recipe for disaster. But, there was more to it than just that. Here are a few of my takeaways...

Illini hoops recruiting update: February 12

Illini hoops recruiting update: February 12

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 12, 2018


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

With NCAA Tournament hopes for head coach Brad Underwood’s inaugural season all but gone, Illinois basketball’s focus has shifted to finishing the year strong and shoring up the roster for seasons to come. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the top recruiting targets for Underwood and h...

Getting in-tune to Illinois basketball’s music taste

Getting in-tune to Illinois basketball’s music taste

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

February 12, 2018


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

Head coach Brad Underwood listens to “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC nearly every day. Underwood believes it is “one of the best songs ever” behind “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, and he encourages everyone to watch Ann Wilson’s rendition of the song at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors....

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