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Illinois upsets No. 5 Michigan 71-62 at home

Illinois upsets No. 5 Michigan 71-62 at home

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

Coming off of a loss at No. 4 Maryland where Illinois' game-long lead seemed safe until the very end, the Illini dealt with a relentless Big Ten schedule and welcomed No. 5 Michigan in the conference matchup at home. Unlike in its loss to Maryland, Illinois seized control in the second half of the g...

Illinois to host No. 5 Michigan at the State Farm Center Wednesday

Illinois to host No. 5 Michigan at the State Farm Center Wednesday

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

Illinois men’s basketball suffered two straight losses, determined only by two points or less last week. After dropping the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to Miami, then giving up a lead to No. 4 Maryland, Illinois (6-3, 0-1) will host No. 5 Michigan (8-1, 1-0) Wednesday at the State Farm Center.  Michiga...

Maryland edges past Illinois by single point

Maryland edges past Illinois by single point

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

December 7, 2019

The Illinois men's basketball team looked to have secured its first signature road victory under Brad Underwood. Still, a frantic final few minutes saw the team squander the lead when No. 3 Maryland stole a 59-58 win. Contrary to Monday’s loss to Miami, Illinois started the game hot, leading by...

Bezhanishvili looks to improve teamwork with Cockburn

Bezhanishvili looks to improve teamwork with Cockburn

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Taking advantage of immobile centers that couldn’t contest his jump shots was a luxury Illini sophomore Giorgi Bezhanishvili abused last season. However, with the arrival of highly touted freshman center Kofi Cockburn this season, Bezhanishvili is now playing power forward, matched up against more mobi...

Illinois drops nail-biter to Miami in ACC/Big Ten Challenge at home

Illinois drops nail-biter to Miami in ACC/Big Ten Challenge at home

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Illinois men’s basketball battled back from a 27-point deficit against Miami on Monday night, only to fall by two points, 81-79. The Illini (6-2) hosted the Hurricanes (5-3) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge hoping to end their give-game homestand on a win; instead, Illinois was dismantled ...

Cockburn sweeps Big Ten weekly accolades after Illinois’ victory over Lindenwood

Cockburn sweeps Big Ten weekly accolades after Illinois’ victory over Lindenwood

By Tatiania Perry

November 28, 2019

Freshman center Kofi Cockburn spent the first half of Illinois' game against Lindenwood Tuesday night trying to adjust to the small size of the Lions and their speed. Cockburn didn’t start Tuesday's matchup in his normal flashy fashion. He capitalized on a missed jumper and passed to senior Andrès ...

Illinois dominates Lindenwood 117-65 to earn fourth-straight win

By Nathan DeHaan, Staff Writer

November 26, 2019

After a resounding win last Saturday, the Illinois men’s basketball team got back in the win column Tuesday night against Division II opponent Lindenwood at the State Farm Center. Illinois started with a strong first half that included a 21-0 run and never looked back, winning in dominant fashion 1...

Illinois outplays Hampton 120-71 at home

Illinois outplays Hampton 120-71 at home

By Nathan DeHaan, On-Air Editor for Sports

November 23, 2019

The Illini have struggled to find their rhythm offensively in the first half, but not Saturday night. In the first 10 minutes, the Illini jumped out to a 30-12 lead. By the end of the first half, the ending was not in question as Illinois cruised to a 120-71 victory over Hampton. The Illini improve t...

Cockburn leads Illinois past the Citadel with fourth double-double of the season

Cockburn leads Illinois past the Citadel with fourth double-double of the season

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

Freshman center Kofi Cockburn secured his fourth double-double in five games during Illinois' 85-57 victory over the Citadel Wednesday night. Cockburn recorded 10 rebounds in the first 10:34 of the game and finished the half with eight points and 11 boards, aiding Illinois in its 34-20 lead at the half...

Frazier embraces defensive role

Frazier embraces defensive role

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

In a season that could push Illinois men’s basketball past its seven-year NCAA tournament drought, pressure, especially on the veterans, is higher than ever before. For junior Trent Frazier, the expectations to be a top-scorer for the Illini will always loom over his head. Known for his ability to ...

Illinois defeats Hawaii 66-53 at home Monday

Illinois defeats Hawaii 66-53 at home Monday

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

November 18, 2019

After a week-long break, the Illinois men’s basketball team hosted Hawaii to begin its five-game nonconference homestand on Monday. A slow offensive start stalled both teams, but the Illini broke away in the second half to beat the Rainbow Warriors 66-53. Freshman Kofi Cockburn had another dominant...

Illinois men’s basketball looks ahead to Hawaii

Illinois men’s basketball looks ahead to Hawaii

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

November 18, 2019

After getting blitzed in the second half last Sunday at Arizona, Illinois is looking to bounce back following a week off. The Illini are adjusting to the presence of two big men on the court, and sophomore Giorgi Bezhanishvili is still trying to find his rhythm. Illinois’ struggles thus far stem from t...

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