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Illini Hoops thoughts and observations: Longwood no match for Illini offense

Illini Hoops thoughts and observations: Longwood no match for Illini offense

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 13, 2017


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

Coming off of a couple disappointing losses, the Illini took on the Longwood Lancers on Wednesday night, and let me tell you, this one was never in question. Underwood and co. got off to one of their patented slow starts, but considering the competition, it did not mean nearly as much as it did compared...

Illinois cruises to large margin of victory

Illinois cruises to large margin of victory

By Will Gerard, Staff Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Despite the lack of junior Leron Black and sophomore Kipper Nichols due to recent injuries, Illinois dominated all facets of the game against Longwood. Head coach Brad Underwood had the opportunity to play a deep bench as Illinois (8-4, 0-2 Big Ten) defeated Longwood (3-7) 92-45 after leading by 26...

Illini’s and Cubs’ fanbases are not that different from each other

Illini’s and Cubs’ fanbases are not that different from each other

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 13, 2017


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

Growing up as a Chicago Cubs and Illinois sports fan, I didn’t always see the best products on the field. Aside from the World Series win in 2016, even the successful seasons have been somewhat of a downer. Disappointments have come in the 2003 Cubs with Steve Bartman, the 2005 Illini losing in...

Illinois loses shootout in Las Vegas

Illinois loses shootout in Las Vegas

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

University of Nevada, Las Vegas went on a 14-6 run over 2:23 minutes late in the contest after a Mark Smith 3-pointer cut the Rebel lead to two points with a little over three minutes remaining. UNLV (8-2) pulled away late for an 89-82 victory over Illinois (7-4, Big Ten 0-2). Smith led the Il...

End of the road for Illinois volleyball in NCAA Tournament third round

End of the road for Illinois volleyball in NCAA Tournament third round

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois volleyball team's season came to a close after falling to Michigan State in a four-set battle during the third round of the NCAA Tournament in State College, Pennsylvania. After rolling into the tournament with 21 wins and only 10 losses, Illinois squeezed by Hawaii and No. 8-ranked Wash...

Men’s basketball squares off in Las Vegas

Men’s basketball squares off in Las Vegas

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

December 9, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illini face tough competition tonight after narrowly escaping a home upset Wednesday against Austin Peay. It’s the second-consecutive UNLV home game on the Las Vegas strip, and it’s the seventh game all-time for the program at MGM Resorts since it began hosting basketball games in 2013. MGM G...

Thoughts and Observations from Illinois v. Austin Peay

Thoughts and Observations from Illinois v. Austin Peay

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini Hoops Columnist

December 6, 2017


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

Positives They won "We're happy with the win," said big man Michael Finke in the postgame press conference, and that is really all there is to say about this one. A win is a win no matter what, and after three straight tough losses, it feels good to get back in the win column. After failing ...

RECAP: Illinois overcomes turnovers for win

RECAP: Illinois overcomes turnovers for win

By Will Gerard, Staff Writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois overcame another slow first-half start and a season-high 25 turnovers in a gritty 64-57 victory over Austin Peay. The Illini recorded 15 first-half turnovers, and the Governors weren’t far behind with 12 of their own as the visitors took a two-point lead into halftime. Illinois (7-3,...

Aaron Jordan emerging as team leader

Aaron Jordan emerging as team leader

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Following an 86-73 victory over North Carolina Central, Illinois first-year head coach Brad Underwood called junior guard Aaron Jordan “the poster child for hard work paying off on the court.” Jordan’s hard work has certainly paid off after scoring just 23 points last year. He now holds a three-point...

Illinois v. Maryland: Thoughts and Observations

Illinois v. Maryland: Thoughts and Observations

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 6, 2017


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

Despite a 19-point deficit at the half, their worst first half of the season, the Illini almost did the impossible and pulled out a miraculous comeback in the second half of Sunday night’s matchup with Maryland. Even after trailing by as many as 22 points, the Illini closed in during the second half,...

Q&A with former Illinois basketball player Sam McLaurin

Q&A with former Illinois basketball player Sam McLaurin

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

December 4, 2017


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

It is not uncommon for college basketball players to become coaches after their careers end. But Sam McLaurin’s path is definitely unique. After spending a few years playing in Europe, McLaurin now spends his time coaching young players in China. The former Illini player has lived in Zhengzhou City, H...

Takeaways and reactions from Illinois vs. Wake Forest

Takeaways and reactions from Illinois vs. Wake Forest

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 1, 2017


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

On Tuesday night, in a tough-fought game, the Illini fell 80-73 in their first true road test of the season. While the score was close and the Illini never gave up — despite multiple big deficits — this was a tough game to lose, and it revealed some serious issues that Underwood and his staff will...

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