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Coleman-Lands looks to solve Illinois’ injury problems in future

Coleman-Lands looks to solve Illinois’ injury problems in future

By Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist

November 7, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Basketball Showcase Guide, Men's Sports, Special Sections

Last season, Illinois basketball was plagued with injuries. From start to finish, it seemed like head coach John Groce couldn’t catch a break. But, the Illini might have found a solution to their problems from one of their own who has battled with setbacks. They just might have to wait a...

Illinois basketball’s Kipper Nichols is ready to play and look good doing so

Illinois basketball’s Kipper Nichols is ready to play and look good doing so

By Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist

November 7, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Basketball Showcase Guide, Men's Sports, Special Sections

After sitting out last season, Kipper Nichols is still going to have to wait his turn. Illinois basketball’s first game is Nov. 11, but the season won’t officially begin for Nichols until Dec. 17 when Illinois takes on BYU in Chicago. For the Illini, that will be the 12th game of the season. For Ni...

Abrams is back and ready to go for the Illini

Abrams is back and ready to go for the Illini

November 7, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Basketball Showcase Guide, Men's Sports, Special Sections, Sports

Two missed seasons and multiple injuries are a thing of the past: Illinois basketball’s Tracy Abrams is back, and he’s ready to ball. “I’m at a great place right now, and it definitely feels good to be back in this position,” Abrams said. “Just to be out here, back playing this sport a...

Hill wants to leave a legacy at Illinois

Hill wants to leave a legacy at Illinois

By Lucas Wright, Staff writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Basketball Showcase Guide, Men's Sports, Special Sections, Sports

He’s already 27th on Illinois basketball’s all-time scoring list, and a repeat of last season’s 600-plus point performance could cement him in the top-five all time. It’s safe to say Malcolm Hill is the leader of this Illini team, but his senior season will determine what his legacy will ...

Key games for Illini basketball nonconference

Key games for Illini basketball nonconference

By Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist

November 7, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Basketball Showcase Guide, Men's Sports, Special Sections, Sports

Head coach John Groce and Illinois had a rough go last season finishing 15-19. But, it’s a new year and it’s a time to be optimistic. That’s why I took the time to break down the nonconference games Illinois will be competing in this November and December. The nonconference portion of thi...

Thorne embraces his age for Illinois

Thorne embraces his age for Illinois

By Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist

November 7, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Basketball Showcase Guide, Men's Sports, Special Sections, Sports, Top Stories

Mike Thorne Jr. received a late birthday present this year. The 6-foot-11 center celebrates his birthday on May 17, but on May 18, he received a gift that most people can’t get enough of — time. In Thorne's case, it was extra time. He considers May 18 one of the greatest days of his life b...

Bollant relying on Wittinger to be leader, hoping she’ll become a star

Bollant relying on Wittinger to be leader, hoping she’ll become a star

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Basketball Showcase Guide, Sports, Women's Sports

Alex Wittinger has done the work: She has become a leader and adopted a larger role on the Illinois women’s basketball team. And now she is poised to have a breakout season for the Illini. At least that’s how head coach Matt Bollant sees it. “(Wittinger) won our most improved player award last season, a...