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Illini secure first recruit of 2019 class

Illini secure first recruit of 2019 class

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Brad Underwood has secured the first commit for the 2019 class. Antwan January committed to the Illini over Florida State and Kansas State, among others. January transferred to Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix this fall after playing in the Los Angeles area. The four-star center will add much-needed front...

Illini head into second game of season against Georgetown

Illini head into second game of season against Georgetown

By Jake Hasan

November 12, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Georgetown Hoyas will be heading into the State Farm Center Tuesday night, and Illinois men's basketball head coach Brad Underwood had praise for the team out east. “To be one of the best you gotta beat the best,” Underwood said. The Hoyas come into the contest following a strong 85-78 win ...

Biggest takeaways from Illinois’ 99-60 win over Evansville

Biggest takeaways from Illinois’ 99-60 win over Evansville

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

November 9, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Much of the talk surrounding the Illinois basketball program during the offseason was about the impact five-star recruit and Illinois Mr. Basketball Ayo Dosunmu would make during his first season in Champaign. Dosunmu justified all of that talk against Evansville in the season-opener. He shot 8-of-14...

Illinois to rely heavily on guard play to lead team

Illinois to rely heavily on guard play to lead team

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

November 8, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

For Illinois men’s basketball head coach Brad Underwood, the 2018 season is one to finally show fans he is the right man for the job. After a disappointing 2017 when the Illini lost their entire frontcourt and saw their top recruit leave after one rocky season, the patience of the fan base is be...

Feliz, Frazier lead exhibition

Feliz, Frazier lead exhibition

By Jake Hasan, On-Air Editor

November 5, 2018


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

It may have been just an exhibition game, but the Illinois basketball team did not take Illinois Wesleyan lightly on Friday night, winning the contest 83-67 with strong performances from its newcomers. Junior college transfer Andres Feliz made an impressive debut as an Illini, leading all scorers ...

Team relies on young talent as season nears

Team relies on young talent as season nears

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

As the date changes from October to November, the Illinois men's basketball team gets closer and closer to kicking off its 2018-19 campaign. With a large number of familiar faces from previous years replaced by young talent, the Illini are predicted by most to finish in the bottom half of the Big Ten....

Illini get heated in open practice

Illini get heated in open practice

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018


Filed under Basketball, M-basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

With about three weeks left until the return of college basketball, the Illinois men’s basketball team held another practice open to the fans and media at 11 a.m. in the Ubben practice facility Saturday. While the players and Underwood weren’t available for interviews, here’s what went down. Frien...

Illini show promise with new starters in open practice

Illini show promise with new starters in open practice

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


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

For Brad Underwood and the Illinois men’s basketball team, the Homecoming open practice didn’t mean much on the court, but it did provide an audience at Ubben Saturday morning that was eager to see the new-look Illini. In front of a crowd, Underwood ran his team on offense and defense, running dr...

Underwood addresses season at Basketball Media Days

Underwood addresses season at Basketball Media Days

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 12, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illini men's basketball head coach Brad Underwood took the podium at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago on Thursday morning to address the upcoming season. Underwood began by offering respects to the passing of legendary coach Tex Winter, who Underwood said he got to know when he was at Kansas State as a player and ...

Illini experience plenty of change in new season

Illini experience plenty of change in new season

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


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

It was an overcast Friday, not unlike other October Fridays in Champaign, but inside the Ubben practice facility, it wasn’t just another Friday. Head coach Brad Underwood addressed the media for about half an hour before taking pictures with his team, marking the beginning of a new season for Illin...

Ubben Basketball Complex to undergo $30 million renovation

Ubben Basketball Complex to undergo $30 million renovation

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

June 11, 2018


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

Illinois director of athletics Josh Whitman announced a $30 million renovation project for Ubben Basketball Complex, the practice facility for the Illinois men’s and women’s basketball programs. The renovations are expected to be completed about three years after the plan is approved by the Univ...

ICYMI: Illinois lands four-star forward Tevian Jones

ICYMI: Illinois lands four-star forward Tevian Jones

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

April 4, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Brad Underwood and company landed their fifth recruit of the 2018 class earlier today when small forward Tevian Jones announced his commitment to the Illini via his personal twitter account. The six-foot-six athlete had offers from Arizona, California and Nevada. https://twitter.com/TheReal_TJones/status/981195951032291328 Jones...

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