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Illini basketball head coach Brad Underwood finishes a timeout huddle with his team during the game against Purdue Jan. 2. Underwood has been using his time in the offseason to recruit players from the transfer portal.

Underwood, staff use offseason to recruit next season’s team

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

As soon as Illinois’ season came to a conclusion on March 21, Brad Underwood didn’t have time to rest. Sure, his team won’t play another game for months and a long offseason awaits, but at that...

Senior Trent Frazier passes to his left during the game against Ohio State on Jan. 16. Frazier declared for the NBA Draft Friday, though he is still eligible to return for a fifth season.

Trent Frazier declares for NBA Draft, retains NCAA eligibility

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 9, 2021

Senior guard Trent Frazier announced that he is declaring for the NBA Draft Friday afternoon, though he remains eligible to return for a fifth season, as he is hiring an NCAA-approved agent. “To my...

Junior Giorgi Bezhanishvili celebrates during the game against Iowa March 8, 2020. Bezhanishvili announced Thursday afternoon that he is departing the Illinois basketball program.

Giorgi Bezhanishvili announces departure from Illinois

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 8, 2021

Junior Giorgi Bezhanishvili announced Thursday afternoon that he will be leaving Champaign and declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft, joining teammate Ayo Dosunmu after he made the announcement Tuesday. “From...

Ayo Dosunmu drives to the lane during Illinois' game against Maryland Jan. 10. Dosunmu declared for the 2021 NBA Draft Tuesday afternoon.

Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu declares for 2021 NBA Draft

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 6, 2021

For the second consecutive season, junior Ayo Dosunmu has declared for the NBA Draft, he announced Tuesday afternoon on ESPN's “The Jump.” Though it seemed like he was a sure bet to leave last season,...

Head women’s basketball coach Nancy Fahey talks to her team during a timeout in a game against Valparaiso on Dec. 2. The NCAA has been failing to equally support women’s sports compared to men’s sports.

Column | All talk, no walk: NCAA, member schools fail to support women’s sports

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Video Editor April 5, 2021

Sports often are a mirror of society. The wage gap persists, and, according to the Center for American Progress, for every dollar a white man makes, Asian women make 90 cents, white women make 79 cents,...

Florida transfer Omar Payne adds strength, speed to Illinois’ roster

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer April 4, 2021

A few days after a departure from Illinois’ roster, Brad Underwood and company got some good news, as Florida sophomore center Omar Payne committed to the Illini via the transfer portal. Here’s what...

Sophomore Kofi Cockburn and Junior Ayo Dosunmu prepare for an embrace during the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 6 . Both Cockburn and Dosunmu must soon decide whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to Illinois for another season.

To leave or not to leave: Dosunmu, Cockburn ponder future

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer April 4, 2021

Once the final buzzer sounded at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Illinois' magical season came to a close, a dark reality set in for Illinois fans. That may have been the last time Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn...

Junior Ayo Dosunmu attempts to pivot around two defenders during the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 6. Dosunmu won the Bob Cousy Award Saturday afternoon.

Ayo Dosunmu wins Bob Cousy Award

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 3, 2021

After racking up several accolades and All-American honors over recent weeks, junior Ayo Dosunmu added another award to his already impressive resume: the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate...

Illinois lands Florida transfer Omar Payne

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 3, 2021

After freshman Adam Miller opted to leave Champaign Thursday, Illinois brought in a transfer of its own, landing former Florida forward Omar Payne, he announced Saturday morning via Twitter. https://twitter.com/Ogomarpayne/status/1378370297728954371 The...

Adam Miller shoots a 3-pointer during Illinois' game against Nebraska Feb. 25. Miller reportedly entered the transfer portal Thursday afternoon.

Adam Miller enters transfer portal

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

Freshman guard Adam Miller has entered the transfer portal, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reported Thursday afternoon. Miller, a four-star prospect rated No. 33 in the class by 247 Sports, was the fourth highest-rated...

Brad Underwood yells during the game against Iowa on Jan. 29 at State Farm Center. The Big Ten has been widely considered the best conference in the country all season, yet Michigan is the only Big Ten team to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Big Ten has big problems: Why league struggles in March, how teams can get over hurdle

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer March 28, 2021

The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 are starting this weekend, and to the surprise of some, the “mighty” Big Ten has just one team alive: Michigan. After a regular season where the league was dubbed as “the...

Kofi Cockburn, Adam Miller, Jacob Grandison and Trent Frazier stand side by side during the NCAA tournament first round  game against Drexel on Friday. The Illinois men’s basketball team has a chance to improve even more next season if the team plays cleaner basketball with fewer turnovers.

Column: Cleaner basketball will lead Illini to promised land

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer March 25, 2021

All-American and potential lottery pick? Check. A seven-foot monster who’s a walking double-double? Check. The Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year? Check. On paper, Brad Underwood’s squad had the goods...

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