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Head coach brad Underwood writes on his whiteboard before the game against Purdue on Jan. 2. Underwood is expected to receive a contract extension through the 2026-2027 season.

Brad Underwood to sign contract extension through 2026-2027 season

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 16, 2021

Illinois men's basketball head coach Brad Underwood will extend his contract through the 2026-2027 season, athletic director Josh Whitman announced on Thursday, pending the green light from the UI Board...

Center Kofi Cockburn walks through a tunnel of teammates preceding the game against Wisconsin Feb. 6. There are five top players that people should look out for as the season approaches.

Five Illinois men’s basketball games to watch following conference schedule release

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer September 10, 2021

With less than two months to go until basketball is back in Champaign, the Illinois men’s basketball team has released its full schedule. Despite the loss of Ayo Dosunmu to the NBA, Illini fans have...

The Illinois mens basketball team huddles up during the game against Minnesota on Dec. 15. The Big Ten released the mens and womens basketball conference schedules on Wednesday.

Big Ten releases men’s, women’s basketball conference schedules

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 8, 2021

The Big Ten unveiled its conference schedule for both men's and women's basketball on Wednesday afternoon. The Illini men's team will open its conference slate at State Farm Center against Rutgers on Dec....

Former Illini basketball player Ayo Dosunmu celebrates against Michigan State in Feb. 19 2020 in Champaign, Illinois. Ayo Dosunmu will be playing for the Chicago Bulls this 2021-2022 season.

Dosunmu showcases transition offense, on-ball defense at Las Vegas Summer League

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer August 22, 2021

Ayo Dosunmu got his first taste of NBA (summer league) action last week in Las Vegas. I was in attendance for three of his first five games and took notes on his games. Here are my thoughts on Dosunmu’s...

Illinois mens basketball coach Brad Underwood yells during the game against Ohio State at the Big Ten Tournament March 13.

Men’s basketball releases nonconference schedule

By Claire O, Sports Digital Content Creator August 9, 2021

The Illinois men’s basketball team released its nonconference schedule Monday morning. Many of the teams on the schedule are ones the Illini haven’t played in some time, with majority of games played...

Former Illini basketball player Giorgi Bezhanishvili tries to block a shot being made by Nebraska on Feb. 25. Giorgi Bezhanishvili was invited to play for the NBA Denver Nuggets this upcoming season.

Giorgi Bezhanishvili invited to play in the NBA Summer League with the Denver Nuggets

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor July 30, 2021

After last night’s NBA Draft, a flurry of Summer League invites were sent out by teams to undrafted rookies. Former Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili was the lucky recipient of one of these invites,...

Ayo Dosunmu looks for teammates during the game against Wisconsin at State Farm Center on Feb. 6. After being selected by the Chicago Bulls, Dosunmu will join a team with depth at the guard position.

Dosunmu stays home: Assessing Ayo’s fit with the Chicago Bulls

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer July 29, 2021

It was an emotional roller coaster of a night for Ayo Dosunmu. Believed to have a chance to go in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft, the Chicago native could do nothing but sit and wait as players...

Guard Ayo Dosunmu drives to the basket against Indiana at State Farm Center on Dec. 26. Dosunmu was selected in the 2021 NBA Draft, becoming the first Illini since 2012 to achieve the feat.

Ayo Dosunmu selected by Chicago Bulls in second round of 2021 NBA Draft

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor July 29, 2021

After months of speculation and standout performances, the time has come: Ayo Dosunmu has been selected by his hometown  Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft. Dosunmu, a Chicago...

House of ‘Paign falls to 15-seeded Jackson TN Underdawgs in historic upset

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer July 24, 2021

The eighth annual The Basketball Tournament has started this year, along with it is the chance to win the $1 million cash prize. Today, the Illinois regional began the first session of this long four-day...

Teammates from the House of Paign hug after taking down the number one seed July 9, 2020. Several alumni from Illinois will be coming back to play for House of Paign.

House of ‘Paign to open The Basketball Tournament campaign in Peoria on Saturday

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer July 23, 2021

Basketball has always ended in May or June every year since the merger of the NBA and ABA in 1976. This trend came to an end, though, when the COVID-19 pandemic pushed back two of the NBA seasons and forced...

Kofi Cockburn is introduced during pregame lineup announcements against Wisconsin on Feb. 6. With Cockburns return, Illini fans should hope their team can make it into the second weekend of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005, Simberg writes.

Column | Kofi Cockburn announced his return. Now what?

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer July 21, 2021

When Kofi Cockburn entered the transfer portal on July 1, Champaign was in shock.  The college basketball world had been shaken up by the transfer portal this offseason, with a record number of guys...

Kofi Cockburn (21) embraces Andre Curbelo (5) during the game against Nebraska at State Farm Center on Feb. 25. Cockburn announced Friday that he will be returning to Illinois for his junior season.

Cockburn announces return to Illinois for junior season

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor July 16, 2021

Center Kofi Cockburn announced Friday that he will be returning to Illinois for his junior season after initially declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft and entering the transfer portal. It...

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