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Dosunmu ‘returns home’ next year

Dosunmu ‘returns home’ next year

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019


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

Illinois freshman Ayo Dosunmu announced on Thursday he will be returning for his sophomore campaign. Although there were overwhelming speculations he would come back and forgo the NBA draft, the decision may not have been as straight-forward as people thought. The 2019 NBA draft pool is regarded as a wea...

Underwood cleared of player abuse allegations, DIA said in statement

Underwood cleared of player abuse allegations, DIA said in statement

By Alec Busse, Contributing Writer

April 12, 2019


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

Head coach Brad Underwood has been cleared of pending allegations regarding player abuse during his first year at the helm of the Illinois men's basketball program. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics released a statement regarding the investigation's findings Friday afternoon.  The statement follows the investigation sparked by complaints about Underwood's lang...

Illinois’ season comes to a close after blowout loss to Iowa

Illinois’ season comes to a close after blowout loss to Iowa

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

March 15, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

After taking down Northwestern with its season on the line in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Wednesday night, Illinois came out of the gate with a brutal start on day two. Illinois started both offensive possessions with two quick shot clock violations at the hands of freshman forward Giorgi...

Illinois ends season on a low note, looks toward program’s future

Illinois ends season on a low note, looks toward program’s future

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois ended one of its worst seasons in school history — record-wise — in a similar fashion Thursday night, losing 83-62 to Iowa in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. The game was eerily similar to teams’ first meeting this season, a 95-71 Iowa win on Jan. 20. In that game, Iow...

Illini avoid early exit with OT win over Wildcats in first round of Big Ten Tournament

Illini avoid early exit with OT win over Wildcats in first round of Big Ten Tournament

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

March 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Sometimes the margin between victory and defeat is as slim as a single possession or the bounce of the basketball. With the No. 11-seed Illini down one to the No. 14 Northwestern Wildcats and with three minutes to go in overtime, junior guard Andres Feliz drove frantically into the paint, nearly los...

Dosunmu makes Big Ten All-Freshman team

Dosunmu makes Big Ten All-Freshman team

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

March 14, 2019


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

Freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu came to Illinois with a full stream of hype behind him. As a star at Morgan Park and for the Mac Irvin Fire, Dosunmu drew a lot of fanfare when he decided to take his talents to Champaign. On Monday, that hype was validated as Dosunmu was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman te...

Illinois to face Northwestern in first round of conference tournament

Illinois to face Northwestern in first round of conference tournament

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

March 13, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois and Northwestern have played each other twice this season, with each team winning at home, but Wednesday’s contest at the United Center will have different stakes as the Big Ten conference tournament begins. Someone’s season is ending. Neither team comes into this one in good form, a...

Illini close out Big Ten slate with fourth loss in last five games

Illini close out Big Ten slate with fourth loss in last five games

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

March 11, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

It’s official. Illinois has lost 20 games this season, the most in program history. The Illini (11-20, 7-13 Big Ten) wrapped up Big Ten play on the road at Penn State, falling 72-56 after the Nittany Lions outscored the Illini 41-24 in the second half. With the loss, Illinois finishes the con...

Loyalty defines Jordan’s legacy

Loyalty defines Jordan’s legacy

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

March 11, 2019


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

A lot has changed in the Illinois basketball program since Aaron Jordan committed in 2014. At that time, the Illini were fresh off an NCAA Tournament appearance. John Groce was in his second year as head coach, and the program was regarded as one that would be dancing perennially in March. Today,...

Notes: Disappearing defense led to disappointing sendoff for seniors in home finale loss

Notes: Disappearing defense led to disappointing sendoff for seniors in home finale loss

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois was expecting a tight, emotional affair as it played host to rivals Indiana on senior night Thursday at the State Farm Center. The emotions were certainly present, as Illinois (11-19, 7-12 Big Ten, tied-9th place) honored its graduating class of Aaron Jordan, graduate transfer Adonis De La R...

Illinois suffers blowout loss to Indiana during final home game of season

Illinois suffers blowout loss to Indiana during final home game of season

By Jake Hasan, Assistant Sports Editor for On-Air

March 8, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

In Aaron Jordan’s final game at the State Farm Center, Illinois could not get a win for their homegrown senior guard Thursday night, falling to Indiana 92-74. The game started fast, with both teams shooting at least 44 percent in the first seven minutes of action and the Illini shot 4-6 from thre...

Illinois set for last home game of season

Illinois set for last home game of season

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

March 7, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Emotions will be running high in Champaign as Illinois hosts rival Indiana for senior night on Thursday. Illinois (11-18, 7-11 Big Ten, ninth place) is looking to avenge an eight-point loss in Bloomington, Indiana, on Jan. 3, while Indiana (15-14, 6-12 Big Ten, 10th place) is going for its third straight...

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