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Win streak snapped as Illinois falls to Wisconsin

Win streak snapped as Illinois falls to Wisconsin

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois came into Madison, Wisconsin, red hot on the back of four-straight conference wins and got off to a promising 10-2 lead against No. 22 Wisconsin on Monday night. Two three’s from senior Aaron Jordan, to go along with the Badgers missing seven of their first eight shots, gave the Illini ...

Underwoods ignore the criticism, appreciate the experience

Underwoods ignore the criticism, appreciate the experience

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The State Farm Center was buzzing. Illinois was down three to Rutgers with 2:03 to go in the first half, one game removed from the program’s shocking win over No. 9 Michigan State. Head coach Brad Underwood pulled out stud freshman Ayo Dosunmu, who had two fouls in 16 minutes to go along with nine p...

Illinois gets first win at Ohio State in a decade for fourth-straight win

Illinois gets first win at Ohio State in a decade for fourth-straight win

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

February 16, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois basketball is on a roll. The Illini defeated Ohio State in Columbus on Thursday night, winning against the Buckeyes on the road for the first time since Feb. 22, 2009, when they won 70-68. Another victory for Illinois meant the team has strung together four-straight Big Ten wins for the firs...

Illinois takes three-game win streak to surging Ohio State

Illinois takes three-game win streak to surging Ohio State

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois men's basketball is on an unprecedented run in the Brad Underwood era, winning three-straight Big Ten games for the first time under the second-year head coach. The Illini will now depart the friendly confines of the State Farm Center, where they are 8-4 on the year, for a road trip that ...

Freshmen receive Big Ten honors

Freshmen receive Big Ten honors

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois swept the Big Ten accolades this week. Illinois freshman big man Giorgi Bezhanishvili was named Big Ten Player of the Week, while fellow freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu collected Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Both accolades made Big Ten history, marking the first time two freshmen from the s...

Notes, takeaways: Illinois wins 99-94 over Rutgers

Notes, takeaways: Illinois wins 99-94 over Rutgers

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

February 9, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois defeated Rutgers 99-94 in overtime for its third straight Big Ten win, the first of its kind in the era of head coach Brad Underwood. And one thing is for sure: It would not have happened without Giorgi Bezhanishvili. Bezhanishvili broke the Illinois single-game freshman scoring record with 35 points on...

Bezhanishvili breaks freshman scoring record to lead Illinois over Rutgers

Bezhanishvili breaks freshman scoring record to lead Illinois over Rutgers

By Jake Hasan, On-air assistant sports editor

February 9, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois welcomed Rutgers to the State Farm Center Saturday, looking to create a three-game Big Ten win streak after beating Nebraska and No. 9 Michigan State. Thanks to freshman Giorgi Bezhanishvili’s record-breaking performance, the Illini were able to do just that, beating the Scarlet Knights 99-9...

Illini look to finish three-game home stand undefeated

Illini look to finish three-game home stand undefeated

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

February 8, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Suddenly, things are looking up for Illini basketball. Illinois (8-15, 4-8 Big Ten, tied for ninth place) has an opportunity to close out a three-game home stand undefeated in Big Ten play this weekend against Rutgers (11-11, 4-8, tied for ninth place). After defeating No. 9 Michigan State on Tu...

Coaches vs. Cancer initiative fights back

Coaches vs. Cancer initiative fights back

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant Sports Editor

February 7, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories

Cancer is a disease that has affected millions around the globe, and the Illinois men’s basketball team is doing its part to help find a cure. The program announced on Tuesday it would take part in the American Cancer Society’s 2019 Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Coaches, players and fans can...

Recent win perfect example of Illinois basketball’s development

Recent win perfect example of Illinois basketball’s development

By Eli Schuster, Staff writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman stands in the tunnel at the end of Illinois men’s basketball games like a dad who’s way too into your little league game. After nearly every performance, no matter the outcome, you have to face the old man. With a loss, it’s usually a tap on the back w...

Dosunmu, relentless defense spark potentially program-changing win

Dosunmu, relentless defense spark potentially program-changing win

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Unquestionably, Illinois got the biggest win of the head coach Brad Underwood era on Tuesday night. Illinois stunned No. 9 Michigan State for the program’s first top-10 win since Tyler Griffey’s buzzer-beating layup undid No. 1 Indiana in 2013. For a team who entered the night with only seven wins...

Illinois hangs on to upset No. 9 Michigan State

Illinois hangs on to upset No. 9 Michigan State

By Jake Hasan

February 5, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Top Stories

The State Farm Center stands filled with orange as the tip-off for Illinois against No. 9 Michigan State neared closer. Exactly two hours and fifteen minutes later, the hardwood was filled with that same sea of orange as fans stormed the court after a dramatic 79-74 victory.  "Our crowd, our energy i...

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