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The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The Big Ten logo at the conferences media days on Thursday in Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Some of the biggest talking points at the event were the equity for mens and womens basketball, new opportunities through NIL and transfer rules and Michigan and Illinois basketballs rivalry.

Big Ten aims for more equity between men’s, women’s sports; new transfer, NIL rules change face of college athletics

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer October 12, 2021

Last Thursday, the Big Ten hosted day one of its basketball media days, where players and coaches from seven Big Ten schools, including Illinois, gathered to discuss the upcoming season. After an offseason...

Andre Curbelo and Kofi Cockburn field questions during Big Ten Basketball Media Days at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Thursday. Curbelo will take on a bigger role for Illinois this season.

“We’re gonna be better than last year”: Andre Curbelo steps into prominent role with Illinois men’s basketball

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer October 7, 2021

Andre Curbelo and Kofi Cockburn have a ton of eyes on them, and even more will come once the Illini start their season in three weeks. The duo has been deemed the faces of the program by fans and media...

Freshman Brandin Podziemski poses during the teams photo day. All three freshmen -- Podziemski, Luke Goode and RJ Melendez -- will look to establish themselves during their first college season.

Versatile Illinois men’s basketball freshmen aim to establish roles in Champaign

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer October 7, 2021

Despite losing one of the best players in school history, the Illini enter this season with a roster that is deep with talent and experience. Hidden in the shadows of fan favorites like sophomore Andre...

Junior Kofi Cockburn tries to dunk a basket against Nebraska Feb. 25. Kofi Cockburn wants to make his mark on Illinois as he prepares for this upcoming season.

Leaving a legacy: Kofi Cockburn sets personal goals for junior season with jersey already set to hang in rafters

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor October 5, 2021

Only 33 jerseys currently hang in the rafters at State Farm Center. With a narrow set of requirements needed to earn the right to be recognized and honored amongst Illinois legends, the group is exclusive. Ayo...

Alfonso Plummer, one of the incoming transfers, brings a dangerous threat from three, something the Illini desperately need.

Alfonso Plummer legitimizes deep threat for Illinois men’s basketball

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer October 3, 2021

Illinois' infamous loss to Loyola last season left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. The Illini struggled throughout, and as head coach Brad Underwood put it at media day on Friday, “They simply outplayed...

Kofi Cockburn celebrates during the game against Nebraska on Feb. 25 at State Farm Center. Cockburn will form a dangerous tandem with fellow big man Florida transfer Omar Payne.

Cockburn, Payne look to establish dominate front court duo for Illinois men’s basketball

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor October 1, 2021

The Illinois men’s basketball team held their media day on Friday, as they look ahead to the beginning of the 2021-2022 campaign. After losing to Loyola Chicago in last year’s NCAA tournament, the...

Head coach brad Underwood writes on his whiteboard before the game against Purdue on Jan. 2. Underwood is expected to receive a contract extension through the 2026-2027 season.

Brad Underwood to sign contract extension through 2026-2027 season

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 16, 2021

Illinois men's basketball head coach Brad Underwood will extend his contract through the 2026-2027 season, athletic director Josh Whitman announced on Thursday, pending the green light from the UI Board...

Center Kofi Cockburn walks through a tunnel of teammates preceding the game against Wisconsin Feb. 6. There are five top players that people should look out for as the season approaches.

Five Illinois men’s basketball games to watch following conference schedule release

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer September 10, 2021

With less than two months to go until basketball is back in Champaign, the Illinois men’s basketball team has released its full schedule. Despite the loss of Ayo Dosunmu to the NBA, Illini fans have...

The Illinois mens basketball team huddles up during the game against Minnesota on Dec. 15. The Big Ten released the mens and womens basketball conference schedules on Wednesday.

Big Ten releases men’s, women’s basketball conference schedules

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 8, 2021

The Big Ten unveiled its conference schedule for both men's and women's basketball on Wednesday afternoon. The Illini men's team will open its conference slate at State Farm Center against Rutgers on Dec....

Former Illini basketball player Ayo Dosunmu celebrates against Michigan State in Feb. 19 2020 in Champaign, Illinois. Ayo Dosunmu will be playing for the Chicago Bulls this 2021-2022 season.

Dosunmu showcases transition offense, on-ball defense at Las Vegas Summer League

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer August 22, 2021

Ayo Dosunmu got his first taste of NBA (summer league) action last week in Las Vegas. I was in attendance for three of his first five games and took notes on his games. Here are my thoughts on Dosunmu’s...

Illinois mens basketball coach Brad Underwood yells during the game against Ohio State at the Big Ten Tournament March 13.

Men’s basketball releases nonconference schedule

By Claire O, Sports Digital Content Creator August 9, 2021

The Illinois men’s basketball team released its nonconference schedule Monday morning. Many of the teams on the schedule are ones the Illini haven’t played in some time, with majority of games played...

Former Illini basketball player Giorgi Bezhanishvili tries to block a shot being made by Nebraska on Feb. 25. Giorgi Bezhanishvili was invited to play for the NBA Denver Nuggets this upcoming season.

Giorgi Bezhanishvili invited to play in the NBA Summer League with the Denver Nuggets

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor July 30, 2021

After last night’s NBA Draft, a flurry of Summer League invites were sent out by teams to undrafted rookies. Former Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili was the lucky recipient of one of these invites,...

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