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 independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

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Lovie Smith supervises the first spring practice of the season on April 1st, 2016.

Through the student lens: Four tumultuous years of Illini sports

Looking back on it all makes it even harder to fathom. I...

Four Illini scored in double digits and Maverick Morgan (22) add nine in Illinois basketballs 85-52 win over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Live Radio Update from Big Ten Tournament: Alex Roux

Daily Illini men's basketball columnist Alex Roux joins...

Illinois basketball never found its footing

Illinois basketball never found its footing

Spoiler alert: If you don’t want to know my sure-to-be-accurate...

Outstanding efforts from Hill, Lewis not enough in 2OT loss to Penn State

In the final game of Illinois’ regular season, the...

Illinois new athletic director Josh Whitman lead the State Farm Center crowd in an ILL-INI chant during halftime of the Illinis game against Minnesota.

Comeback win marks Senior Night for Illini basketball

Call it the Josh Whitman effect. After the incoming...

DaMonte Williams commitment the biggest news of Illini basketball season

The biggest Illinois basketball news of the season...

Minnesota Gophers head coach Richard Pitino reacts during a college basketball game against the Michigan Wolverines at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2013. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

KRUSH EDITION: Nobody hates Minnesota, and that’s a bad sign for them

Have you ever heard anyone say, “I hate Minnesota?”By...

Illinois head coach John Groce calls out a play during the game against Rutgers at the State Farm Center on February 17. The Illini won 82-66.

Illinois basketball should be motivated when facing Indiana again

Looking back years from now, this season of Illinois...

Illinois head coach John Groce yells instructions at his team during the Illinis 78-67 loss to Nebraska at State Farm Center earlier this season.

Illini basketball folds at Wisconsin in seemingly inevitable collapse

MADISON — You could sense the collapse coming. A...

Illinois head coach John Groce yells instructions at his team during the Illinis 78-67 loss to Nebraska at State Farm Center earlier this season.

Northwestern’s season is the ghost of Illini basketball seasons past

Illinois fans might react to the arc this Northwestern...

Members of the Orange Krush hold up the Orange Krush Edition of The Daily Illini before the game against Iowa at the State Farm Center on February 7. The Illini lost 77-65.

Illini Drive: The state of Illini hoops with Alex Roux and Eli Schwadron

Men's basketball beat reporter Eli Schwadron and hoops...

Illinois Michael Finke shoots a 3-pointer over Nebraskas Shavon Shields during the Illinis 78-67 loss to the Huskers at State Farm Center on Saturday.

Playing like there’s nothing to lose Sunday can help Illini upset No. 5 Iowa

Tweet: Illinois will have to mirror its best performance...

Wisconsins Khalil Iverson (21) attempt to block Illinois guard Khalid Lewis layup during the Illinis 63-55 loss to the Badgers at State Farm Center on Sunday, Jan. 31. The Illini have now lost three straight home games.

Illinois basketball falls to Wisconsin amid injuries, sluggish play

Check out the Radio Recap w/ Joey Gelman and Masaki...

Head coach John Groce speaks with a referee during the game against North Florida at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center on Friday, Nov. 13. Illinois lost 93-81.

Javon Pickett commits to play for Illinois basketball, Groce

Javon Pickett, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard in the...

Illinois Malcolm Hill keeps control of his dribble while being guarded by Nebraskas Shavon Shields during the Illinis 78-67 loss to the Huskers at State Farm Center on Saturday.

Illinois basketball inconsistent again in home loss to Nebraska

Every game is important in Big Ten play, but this...

Illinois Kendrick Nunn puts up a layup over Purdues A.J. Hammond during the Illinis 84-70 victory over the Boilermakers at State Farm Center on Sunday. Nunn dropped 22 points in his first game back since missing time to attend the birth of his first child.

Nunn, Hill light it up for Illini in upset of Boilers

Nearly two full months into the season and fresh off...

Spartans coach Tom Izzy talking to Brandon Dawson during last seasons Illinois-Michigan State game at State Farm Center

Spartans crush shorthanded Illini basketball in lopsided fashion

It was fair to suspect the game between Illinois...

Illinois basketball showed refreshing fight in loss to Buckeyes

Illinois basketball showed refreshing fight in loss to Buckeyes

For a game that started painfully slowly, Sunday’s...

Nunn ignites Braggin’ Rights as Illini hold off Mizzou

Tweet: Kendrick Nunn ignites Braggin’ Rights as Illini...

Hill carries Illini to 91-79 win over South Dakota

Tweet: Malcolm Hill put up 34 points and pulled down...

Maverick Morgan puts up a shot during Illinois 69-65 win over Yale on Wednesday.

Hill and Nunn key to Illini basketball’s 69-65 win over Yale

At times, Illinois moves the basketball and executes...

Former Illinois basketball head coach Lou Henson gathers with 100 former players, coaches and administrators at half court at halftime to celebrate the first game on Lou Henson Court at the State Farm Center.

Illini unravel in second half as Irish spoil State Farm Center debut

If you’ve watched a lot of Illini basketball over...

Mike Thorne Jr. beats a defender and makes a shot off the backboard during the game against North Florida at Prairie Capitol Convention Center on Friday.

Daily Illini Sportscast: November 19

The Daily Illini's Hunter Warning and Alex Roux discuss...

Frantic finish bounces Providence’s way against Illinois basketball

A frantic finish fit this game well. After scratching,...

Exposing Providence’s supporting cast will be key

You’re going to hear Kris Dunn’s name a lot in...

Mike Thorne Jr. takes the ball to the rim during the game against North Dakota State on Sunday at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.

Illini men’s basketball finds fight in second half to bury Bison

The sense of dread Sunday in the Prairie Capital...

Saturday morning traditions

Saturday morning traditions

Editor’s note: This story is about the history of...

Groce dealt bad hand in crucial season

Groce dealt bad hand in crucial season

Imagine you have a test coming up soon.It’s a math...

Malcolm's in the middle of it all

Malcolm's in the middle of it all

Like many freshmen on the first day of college, Malcolm...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) drives to the basket during the game against Northwestern at State Farm Center, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. The Illini won 86-60.

Kendrick Nunn injury leaves Malcolm Hill as lone Illini at Media Day

Usually preseason media days aren’t much more than...

Jason Leigh, an ACES alum, drinks a beer bong in Grange Grove before the Homecoming football game against Wisconsin on Saturday, October 24.

SAE working to establish Greek presence in Grange Grove

Editor’s note: This story is about a fraternity trying...

Xavier Sneed is heading to Kansas State

Xavier Sneed, a small forward in the 2016 class, has...

Illini Drive Special Segment: Will Leitch Interview

Illini Drive Special Segment: Will Leitch Interview

U of I alum, Daily Illini alum and Deadspin Founder...

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