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Basketball in a pandemic: What State Farm Center is like on game day

The State Farm Center, located at 1800 S. First St. in Champaign, sits  on April 3, 2019.
November 28, 2020

The last time I was at State Farm Center was on a Friday night in February of 2020. No. 20 Illinois was hosting No. 9 Maryland, and the winner would take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. As...

Da’Monte Williams’ three-point shot rounds out his game

Da'Monte Williams shoots a three-pointer in Illinois' game against Ohio on Friday. Williams has proved his offensive ability, making six three-pointers through three games.
November 28, 2020

With 40 seconds left in the game against Ohio on Friday, Illinois faced a 73-71 deficit. Ayo Dosunmu made a bounce pass to senior guard Trent Fraizer at the top of the arc. Somewhat of a three-point specialist...

Breaking: Illinois’ Saturday game canceled amid Ohio State COVID-19 cases

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith gives instructions during practice on Oct. 12. The Illini's game against Ohio State on Saturday has been canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests within Ohio State's program.
November 27, 2020

Illinois' football game against No. 4 Ohio State Saturday morning has been canceled due to multiple recent COVID-19 cases within the Ohio State football program. “We are certainly disappointed that...

Player grades: Illini offensive depth shines in first three games

Adam Miller shoots a jumpshot in Illinois' game against Chicago State on Thursday. Miller was one of many Illini players who excelled on the offensive end in the team's first three games.
November 27, 2020

The Illinois men’s basketball team concluded its three-game MTE in Champaign Friday, clinching a 3-0 record with a down-to-the-wire win over Ohio. The Illini dominated in their earlier games with a 62-point...

Ayo Dosunmu’s free throws save Illinois from massive upset, lead to 77-75 victory

Ayo Dosunmu puts up a lay-up in Illinois' game against Ohio on Friday. The Illini won 77-75 to move to 3-0.
November 27, 2020

With his team down 75-74 and on the verge of an epic upset, Ayo Dosunmu was unfazed. With 7.4 seconds remaining, Dosunmu took the inbound and went coast-to-coast for a layup. “I knew we were fine,”...

Illinois to host Ohio State seeking third straight win

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith looks up at the scoreboard during the game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.
November 26, 2020

After back-to-back wins, the Illini are set to host the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium. Illinois and Ohio State last faced off in 2017, a game in which the Buckeyes dominated...

Illinois uses size, defense to stifle Chicago State 97-38

Adam Miller gets ready on defense in Illinois' game against Chicago State on Thursday. The Illini won 97-38 and move to 2-0.
November 26, 2020

A day after their prolific offense led them to victory, the Illini got it done on the defensive end on Thursday. Illinois forced 16 Chicago State turnovers, leading to 26 points, in the 97-38 victory. “The...

Illinois defeats Indiana State 68-50 to begin season

Geovana Lopes drives through the lane during the game against Indiana State on Wednesday. The Illini won 68-49 and Lopes scored 12 points.
November 25, 2020

The Illinois women’s basketball team started off the 2020 season with a win over Indiana State 68-50. Sophomore Jeanae Terry had a career night, scoring 24 points on 8-10 shooting from the field....

Illinois uses record shooting day to dominate North Carolina A&T 122-60

Ayo Dosunmu looks to pass the ball during the game against North Carolina A&T on Wednesday. The Illini won 122-60 at State Farm Center.
November 25, 2020

Three years after sharing the court together at Morgan Park High School in Chicago, junior Ayo Dosunmu and freshman Adam Miller were reunited at the State Farm Center on Saturday. The two didn’t miss...

Illini start 2020-2021 season off against Indiana State

Freshman Forward Kennedi Myles advances down the court during the game against Michigan State on Feb. 26. The Illini begin their 2020-2021 season Wednesday night against Indiana State.
November 25, 2020

After months of waiting and uncertainty, the Illinois women’s basketball team will kick off the 2020-2021 season Wednesday night at home against Indiana State. The Illini are in the midst of a roster...

Illini needs running game to slow down Buckeyes

Running back Chase Brown advances the ball during the game against Nebraska on Saturday.
November 25, 2020

Lovie Smith and his Illini prepare to host Justin Fields and The Ohio State Buckeyes. Labeled a 28.5-point home underdog, the Illini have one shot at upsetting the Big Ten favorite: don’t let Justin...

Amid coronavirus concerns, Illinois prepares for Thanksgiving MTE

Sophomore Kofi Cockburn goes up for a layup in practice on Nov. 20. The Illini start their season Wednesday against North Carolina A&T.
November 24, 2020

The Illini are finally prepping for another game — 255 days after having their final practice of the season at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The long offseason is over and among much uncertainty, there will be...

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