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Da'Monte Williams breaks through defenders in Illinois' game at Wisconsin Saturday. The Illini won 74-69.

Disciplined defense, late free-throw makes help Illinois complete sweep of Wisconsin

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor February 27, 2021

It’s not often the No. 5 team in the nation heads into a game against the No. 23 team in the country — which it already beat once — as underdogs. But without Illinois’ star player for the second...

Adam Miller drives to the basket in Illinois' game against Nebraska on Thursday. Without Ayo Dosunmu, Miller stepped up for the team with 16 first-half points.

With Dosunmu out, Adam Miller fills familiar role as primary scorer

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer February 27, 2021

With Ayo Dosunmu out of the lineup on Thursday, freshman guard Adam Miller knew it was his time to shine. Against Nebraska, Miller showed why he was one of the top scorers in the Nike EYBL, the premier...

Freshman Andre Curbelo pushes down the court during the game against Nebraska on Thursday. The Illini won the game 86-70.

Player grades: Illini freshmen take over in dominant win over Cornhuskers

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor February 26, 2021

Coming off a tough loss against unranked Michigan State and without their National Player of the Year candidate, the Illini were going to need production from all areas to take down a Nebraska team that...

Adam Miller shoots a 3-pointer during Illinois' game against Nebraska on Thursday night. On Senior Night, the Illini won 86-70.

Illinois manages to find offensive rhythm, balance without Dosunmu to bury Nebraska

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

All season, Illinois’ offense has centered around Ayo Dosunmu, and for good reason. The All-American candidate is averaging over 21 points per game and five assists. But on Thursday night, the No. 5...

Illinois forward Zach Griffith (4) shoots the ball during the game against Illinois Wesleyan at State Farm Center on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

From 1A to Big Ten: How Zach Griffith left his mark on Illinois

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

It’s rare for a mid-January practice to be considered memorable, but Brad Underwood vividly remembers one practice leading up to the Wisconsin game in 2020. Then-junior walk-on forward Zach Griffith...

Illinois head coach Brad Underwood speaks to freshman Andre Curbelo during the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 6. Questions surrounding the team’s consistency remain after a loss to unranked Michigan State on Sunday Tuesday night.

Three big questions loom after No. 5 Illini upset by pesky Spartans

By Jackson Janes, Assistant Sports Editor February 25, 2021

On Saturday, Illinois traveled to “The Barn” and put together its most complete game of the season, dominating in every facet of the game to take down a Minnesota squad that had only lost one home...

Senior Trent Frazier advances down the court during the game against Michigan State on Sunday. The Illini lost 81-72.

Player grades: Frazier brings life to struggling Illini offense in road loss

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor February 24, 2021

Heading into East Lansing Tuesday night, No. 5 Illinois was riding a seven-game win streak that most recently saw a dominant performance at Minnesota over the weekend. The Illini looked like an entirely...

Trent Frazier, Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu stand together on the court during Illinois' game at Michigan State. The Illini lost 81-70.

Missed free throws, layups plague Illini against desperate Spartans

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer February 23, 2021

With No. 5 Illinois making a second-half push, their star junior guard Ayo Dosunmu was at the free-throw line. Michigan State forward Mady Sissoko just committed a flagrant two foul on Dosunmu, giving...

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo looks on in the second half of their game against Iowa at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, on  Feb. 13, 2021.

Illinois, Michigan State sit at opposite ends of Big Ten

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer February 23, 2021

When Illinois and Michigan State have matched up over the past decade, it hasn’t been uncommon to see at least one of the teams ranked. Under Tom Izzo, Michigan State's head basketball coach, they...

Ayo Dosunmu defends an Iowa player at State Farm Center on Jan. 29. Dosunmu recently recorded his second triple-double during the game against Minnesota on Saturday.

Ayo Dosunmu makes history with second triple-double

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor February 22, 2021

Ayo Dosunmu has one motto he consistently reminds himself and his teammates of: “do whatever it takes to win.” Every night Dosunmu does that and sometimes more for the Illini, whether it’s grabbing...

Ayo Dosunmu goes for a dunk against Minnesota on Feb. 20. Dosunmu notched his second triple-double of the season in a 94-63 win over the Golden Gophers.

Player grades: Dosunmu’s triple-double, Frazier’s half-court heave highlight dominant win at Minnesota

By Jackson Janes, Assistant Sports Editor February 20, 2021

After narrow wins over Indiana, Northwestern and Nebraska over the last two weeks, Illinois traveled to “The Barn” to take on Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are dominant on their home court, where they...

Junior Ayo Dosunmu shoots the ball in the first half against Minnesota on Feb. 20. Dosunmu notched his second triple-double of the season in the 94-63 win.

Dosunmu’s triple-double, Illinois’ size advantage secures dominant victory over Minnesota

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer February 20, 2021

With the first half winding down, Trent Frazier knew Minnesota wanted to get the ball to its lead guard, Marcus Carr. The Golden Gophers tried to reverse the ball to Carr, but like a defensive back,...

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