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Basketball in a pandemic: What State Farm Center is like on game day

The State Farm Center, located at 1800 S. First St. in Champaign, sits  on April 3, 2019.
November 28, 2020

The last time I was at State Farm Center was on a Friday night in February of 2020. No. 20 Illinois was hosting No. 9 Maryland, and the winner would take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. As...

Da’Monte Williams’ three-point shot rounds out his game

Da'Monte Williams shoots a three-pointer in Illinois' game against Ohio on Friday. Williams has proved his offensive ability, making six three-pointers through three games.
November 28, 2020

With 40 seconds left in the game against Ohio on Friday, Illinois faced a 73-71 deficit. Ayo Dosunmu made a bounce pass to senior guard Trent Fraizer at the top of the arc. Somewhat of a three-point specialist...

Player grades: Illini offensive depth shines in first three games

Adam Miller shoots a jumpshot in Illinois' game against Chicago State on Thursday. Miller was one of many Illini players who excelled on the offensive end in the team's first three games.
November 27, 2020

The Illinois men’s basketball team concluded its three-game MTE in Champaign Friday, clinching a 3-0 record with a down-to-the-wire win over Ohio. The Illini dominated in their earlier games with a 62-point...

Ayo Dosunmu’s free throws save Illinois from massive upset, lead to 77-75 victory

Ayo Dosunmu puts up a lay-up in Illinois' game against Ohio on Friday. The Illini won 77-75 to move to 3-0.
November 27, 2020

With his team down 75-74 and on the verge of an epic upset, Ayo Dosunmu was unfazed. With 7.4 seconds remaining, Dosunmu took the inbound and went coast-to-coast for a layup. “I knew we were fine,”...

Illinois uses size, defense to stifle Chicago State 97-38

Adam Miller gets ready on defense in Illinois' game against Chicago State on Thursday. The Illini won 97-38 and move to 2-0.
November 26, 2020

A day after their prolific offense led them to victory, the Illini got it done on the defensive end on Thursday. Illinois forced 16 Chicago State turnovers, leading to 26 points, in the 97-38 victory. “The...

Illinois uses record shooting day to dominate North Carolina A&T 122-60

Ayo Dosunmu looks to pass the ball during the game against North Carolina A&T on Wednesday. The Illini won 122-60 at State Farm Center.
November 25, 2020

Three years after sharing the court together at Morgan Park High School in Chicago, junior Ayo Dosunmu and freshman Adam Miller were reunited at the State Farm Center on Saturday. The two didn’t miss...

Amid coronavirus concerns, Illinois prepares for Thanksgiving MTE

Sophomore Kofi Cockburn goes up for a layup in practice on Nov. 20. The Illini start their season Wednesday against North Carolina A&T.
November 24, 2020

The Illini are finally prepping for another game — 255 days after having their final practice of the season at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The long offseason is over and among much uncertainty, there will be...

Six numbers will define Illinois’ season

Junior Ayo Dosunmu shoots during the game against Indiana on March 1.
November 23, 2020

Illinois’ 2019-2020 season was, by all means, a success. They won 21 games and were projected to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013. Entering this year, the Illini have...

Semester in Review: Illini basketball receives preseason hype

Junior Ayo Dosunmu shoots the ball during practice at State Farm Center on Nov. 12. Dosunmu was named a first-team pre-season AP All-American.
November 19, 2020

Despite not playing a game this semester, it was still a memorable few months for the Illinois men’s basketball team. After the return of stars junior guard Ayo Dosunmu and sophomore center Kofi Cockburn...

Big Ten releases men’s basketball schedule

Aya Dosunmu and Trent Frazier high five each other during Illinois' game against Nebraska on Feb. 24. The Big Ten released the 2020-2021 conference schedule Wednesday.
November 18, 2020

The Big Ten released the entire men's basketball conference schedule on Wednesday. The Illini will start Big Ten play on Tuesday, Dec. 15. at home against Minnesota and conclude conference play on Sat.,...

Adam Miller has smooth adjustment to Illini program

Freshman guard Adam Miller shoots the ball during practice on Nov. 4. Miller has acclimated well to the Illinois basketball team.
November 16, 2020

For most freshman college basketball players, joining a new team can lead to many uncertainties. Add in the questions surrounding COVID-19, and the freshman experience can be anything but normal. Illinois...

Andre Curbelo excited for opportunity to play alongside talented backcourt

Freshman guard Andre Curbelo poses for a promotional image. Curbelo gears up for basketball season by bringing his best to practice and the weight room.
November 12, 2020

In the first half of a nationally televised game against powerhouse Sierra Canyon, freshman guard Andre Curbelo faced a double team in the backcourt. Rather than panic, Curbelo retreated, took one dribble...

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