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Big Ten hoops update: Conference deals with several postponements, paused programs

Senior Trent Frazier drives forward during the game against Nebraska on Feb. 24, 2020.
January 15, 2021

Following losses over the weekend, both the Illinois men's and women's basketball games scheduled this week were postponed due to COVID-related issues within their respective opponents' programs. Though...

Mario Kart, wood working, Tik Tok: Illinois men’s basketball bonds as a group

The Illinois men's basketball team huddles before a play during the game against Purdue on Jan. 2.
January 13, 2021

The fall semester was anything but normal for University of Illinois students. Take a walk down Green Street on a Friday night, and gone is the buzz of students hustling up and down the street....

Illini fail to find offensive balance in loss to Maryland

Senior Da'Monte Williams drives forward during the game against Maryland on Sunday.
January 11, 2021

At times this season, Illinois has looked like a team capable of making a deep run in March. Against Duke, they used a balanced scoring effort with six players in double figures to win at Cameron Indoor...

Player grades: Cockburn dominates in paint, Williams has off night in upset loss to Maryland

Sophomore Kofi Cockburn takes a shot during the game against Maryland on Sunday. The Illini lost the match 66-63.
January 11, 2021

Yikes. After scoring 53 points in the second half against Northwestern on Thursday, it appeared Illinois' offense ran out of steam on Sunday, unable to produce in the most crucial moments down the stretch...

Dosunmu’s late efforts not enough as Illinois goes cold in 66-63 loss to Maryland

Ayo Dosunmu drives to the lane during Illinois' game against Maryland Sunday night. The Illini fell 66-63.
January 10, 2021

When Ayo Dosunmu dribbled down the court with eight seconds remaining, it was a scene Illinois fans have become familiar with — their star guard trying to bail them out in a close game. He pulled up...

Perimeter-oriented Maryland provides different type of challenge for No. 12 Illinois

Illinois coach Brad Underwood plans a play on the sidelines during the game against Purdue on Jan. 2. The Illini will face off against the Maryland Terrapins today.
January 10, 2021

The last time Maryland faced off against Illinois, the teams were battling for the top spot in the Big Ten. A year later, the Illini still sit near the top of the Big Ten, but the Terrapins don’t. After...

After rough first half, Cockburn responds to criticism well to help thwart Northwestern

Sophomore Kofi Cockburn walks towards the court during the game against Purdue on Saturday.
January 8, 2021

In the middle of the first half against Northwestern, Brad Underwood was furious, particularly at star sophomore center Kofi Cockburn. The underdog Wildcats were in the midst of a big run against the No....

Player Grades: Illini offense comes alive in second half to complete comeback

Sophomore Kofi Cockburn dunks the ball during the game against Purdue on Saturday.
January 8, 2021

Neither Brad Underwood nor Kofi Cockburn has seen or been a part of a second-half like Illinois’ 53-13 domination of Northwestern. After a brutal first half with Illinois trailing Northwestern 43-28,...

Illinois’ second half surge leads to dominant 81-56 win at Northwestern

Ayo Dosunmu shoots a jumper in Illinois' game against Northwestern on Thursday night. The Illini won 81-56.
January 7, 2021

EVANSTON — In the first 20 minutes of Thursday night’s contest against Northwestern, Brad Underwood’s emotions were visible. As his 12th ranked team struggled to make shots and defend, he tore into...

In-state foes Illinois and Northwestern square off again on Thursday

Junior Ayo Dosunmu drives forward during the game against Purdue on Saturday.
January 7, 2021

Any time two in-state programs face off, that game can typically be considered a rivalry. So when No. 12 Illinois travels 149 miles north to take on Northwestern on Thursday, another chapter in that rivalry...

Big Ten hoops update: Seven ranked teams, several Player of the Year candidates after three weeks of action

Michigan guard Zeb Jackson advances against Northwestern defenders during the second half of their game on Sunday.
January 5, 2021

We all knew this year’s Big Ten teams would create one of the most exciting, unpredictable seasons in conference history. And after three weeks, unpredictable might be an understatement, as we continue...

Player grades: Williams’ shot, team’s tight defense fuel Illini Saturday night

Senior Da'Monte Williams takes a shot during the game against Purdue on Saturday. The Illini  won the game 66-58.
January 3, 2021

The Illini didn’t have their strongest outing of the season on Saturday night as they hosted Purdue, but a 10-point lead at halftime and a couple of offensive runs late in the second half secured them...

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