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Jones reflects on first season

Jones reflects on first season

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

March 7, 2019


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

When Tevian Jones committed to Illinois last April, he didn’t envision his freshman campaign going this way. Averaging 20.5 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior at Culver City in California, Jones expected his offensive prowess to translate to the high-major level. He also expected to start....

Illini look for spark to end rollercoaster season

Illini look for spark to end rollercoaster season

By Eli Schuster, Sports editor

March 7, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

The Illinois men’s basketball season has had its fair share of ups and downs. Heading into the year, head coach Brad Underwood was looking to outdo his first-year performance with the team. However, a load of transfers brought nearly an entirely new, young  roster to the court. Despite five-star and NBA pr...

Illinois players: Where are they now?

Illinois players: Where are they now?

By Miles Power-Huang, Assistant sports editor

March 7, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Transfers are either plaguing the sport or offering the greatest gift to college basketball, depending on who you ask. Regardless of opinion, many of the top teams in college basketball are taking advantage of players’ continually decreasing patience when it comes to playing time, as current national...

Feliz puts up career-best performance; Illini win over Wildcats

Feliz puts up career-best performance; Illini win over Wildcats

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

March 3, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

A sparsely filled State Farm Center did not get loud often Sunday evening but when it did, the noise was headed in the direction of Andres Feliz. The former junior college guard put up his best performance in an Illini uniform against the Wildcats, knocking down a flashy 26 points with five boards...

Illinois drops third-straight to No. 14 Purdue

Illinois drops third-straight to No. 14 Purdue

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois came into Mackey Arena and turned heads, taking a slim, 33-32 lead into the half over No. 14 Purdue. The crowd was incensed with the officiating for much of the night, raining boos down as the buzzer sounded the end of the first 20 minutes in West Lafayette, Indiana. But the Boilermake...

Team in need of new energy

Team in need of new energy

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois has dealt with its fair share of close, tough losses this season. While the team is on its way to miss the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season, unless it wins the Big Ten Tournament, the young team has shown recent signs of promise after starting the year 4-12. Despite a four-ga...

Illini hope to get back on track with win over Boilermakers

Illini hope to get back on track with win over Boilermakers

February 27, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Just over a week ago, the Illinois basketball team was the talk of the Big Ten, as winners of four-straight. Now, after two close losses at Wisconsin and at home against Penn State during the 30-year celebration of the 1989 Final Four team, the Illini  (10-17, 6-10 Big Ten, ninth place) head to No....

Flyin’ Illini return, praise current team

Flyin’ Illini return, praise current team

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

February 25, 2019


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

Illinois basketball may have suffered a disappointing loss to Penn State on Saturday, but as the 1989 Final Four team was being honored, members of the Flyin’ Illini offered promising thoughts about the future under head coach Brad Underwood. The media swarmed around many of the former Illinois standout...

Notes: Illinois drops game 83-76 for fifth-straight loss to Penn State

Notes: Illinois drops game 83-76 for fifth-straight loss to Penn State

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

February 23, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

With the Flyin’ Illini in town for their 30-year Final Four anniversary and a nearly full State Farm Center crowd on hand, Illinois had an opportunity to put on a show against a bottom of the Big Ten team. But the Penn State Nittany Lions came into Champaign and put a damper on the lively envir...

Illinois basketball fails to complete comeback in emotional loss to Penn State

Illinois basketball fails to complete comeback in emotional loss to Penn State

By Jake Hasan

February 23, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

After losing a four-game streak in Wisconsin earlier this week, Illinois hosted the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday looking to get back on the winning track. However, the Illini’s struggles grew worse and the team lost in a poor shooting performance to the Nittany Lions 83-76.  “Thi...

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...

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