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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

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Illinois’ Malcolm Hill (21) looks to pass the ball after grabbing a rebound during the game against Northwestern at State Farm Center on Feb. 21.

Illinois fails to make NCAA tournament for another year

For the Illinois men’s basketball team, the 2016-17...

Former Illini Mannie Jackson is honored by having his jersey retired at Assembly Hall in 2013. Jackson was one of the first African-Americans to letter and start in basketball at Illinois. This September, he will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2017 along with nine other former stars.

Former Illini great Mannie Jackson inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

A former Illini basketball great was among those announced...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) celebrates after knocking down a three-point shot against Valparaiso at State Farm Center on Tuesday, March 13.

Hill moves into third on all-time scoring list in NIT win

Move over Dee Brown — Malcolm Hill has cemented his...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) drives to the basket during the game against Valparaiso at State Farm Center on Tuesday, March 13.

Illinois men’s basketball preparing for Boise State

Coming off a win over Valparaiso on Tuesday, the Illinois...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) drives to the basket during the game against Northwestern at State Farm Center on Tuesday, February 21.

Interim head coach Jamall Walker stresses continuity, motivation ahead of NIT

Following the firing of former head coach John Groce,...

Fans hold up the flash lights on their phones for a light show before the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Saturday, February 4. The Illini lost 68-59.

Illinois men’s basketball selected as No. 2 seed in NIT Tournament

As expected, Selection Sunday came and went for the...

Illinois Tracy Abrams (13) brings the ball up the floor during the game against Penn State at State Farm Center on Saturday, February 11. The Illini lost 83-70.

Illinois men’s basketball falls 75-55 to Michigan in Big Ten Tournament

The sound of the Illinois’ men's basketball NCAA...

Michigans Derrick Walton Jr. (10) drives to the basket against UCLAs Xavier Simpson in the first half on Dec. 10, 2016, at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Illinois to open Big Ten Tournament against Michigan

Survive and advance is the name of the game for the...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) shoots a three during the game against Michigan State at State Farm Center on Wednesday, March 1.

Illinois will not have an easy path through the Big Ten Tournament

With the upset loss against Rutgers now in the past, Illinois...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) pulls up for a jumper during the game against Michigan State at State Farm Center on Wednesday, March 1.

Illinois men’s basketball loses at Rutgers on last-second shot

In heartbreaking fashion, Illinois dropped its final...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) pulls up for a jumper during the game against Michigan State at State Farm Center on Wednesday, March 1.

Rutgers matchup could be a trap game for Illinois

The Illinois basketball team is on a roll and looks...

Malcolm Hill drives to the basket during the game against Michigan State on March 1. Columnist Matt Gertsmeier says that though the Illini could use a fresh start, they could still have a chance in their must-win game against Michigan.

Updated rapid recap: Illinois takes down Michigan State 73-70 on Senior Night

In front of a sold out State Farm Center on Senior...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) calls out the play during the game against Northwestern at State Farm Center on Tuesday, February 21.

Rapid recap: Illinois men’s basketball wins third straight at Nebraska

The late season Illinois charge rolled through Lincoln,...

Illinois’ Malcolm Hill drives to the basket during the game against Northwestern on Tuesday. Hill is now in sixth place on Illinois all-time scoring list.

Hill, seniors ready to make final push for postseason berth

The Illinois men’s basketball team has worked its...

Illinois Leron Black (12) shoots a three during the game against Northwestern at State Farm Center on Tuesday, February 21.

Updated rapid recap: Illinois men’s basketball beats Northwestern 66-50

The Illinois men's basketball team completed a season...

Illinois head coach John Groce watches his team from the sideline during the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Saturday, February 4.

Illinois has a chance to sweep Northwestern with win Tuesday

A win on Tuesday would be the first set of back-to-back...

Illinois Kipper Nichols (2) goes up for a layup during the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Saturday, February 4. The Illini lost 68-59.

Illinois on the cusp of back-to-back losing seasons in Big Ten

Five games are what stand between the Illinois men's...

Illinois’ head coach John Groce watches from the sideline during the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Saturday. Groce’s eight-man rotation helped Illinois beat Northwestern in Evanston on Tuesday.

Changes in Groce’s rotation highlight Illinois men’s basketball win

For the Illinois men’s basketball team’s win over...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) shoots a three during the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Saturday, February 4. The Illini lost 68-59.

Illinois men’s basketball upsets Northwestern in first road Big Ten win

Illinois flipped the script on its Big Ten season Tuesday...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) takes a jump shot during the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Saturday, February 4. The Illini lost 68-59.

Illinois men’s basketball looking to turn things around

The Illinois men’s basketball team has lost six of...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) fights for the ball with Minnesotas Akeem Springs (0) during the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Saturday, February 4. The Illini lost 68-59.

Rapid Recap: Illini fall to Gophers, drop third straight

Even with a packed house and the Chicago Cubs World...

Illinois’ Malcolm Hill drives to the basket during the game against Wisconsin at State Farm Center on Tuesday.

Illinois men’s basketball struggling as season wears on

Illinois men's basketball has eight games to go, but...

Illinois Leron Black (12) gets ready to go up for a layup after grabbing an offensive rebound during the game against Wisconsin at State Farm Center on Tuesday, January 31. The Illini lost 57-43.

Updated rapid recap: Illinois loses 57-43 to Wisconsin

Different game, same story for head coach John Groce...

Illinois head coach John Groce watches his team from the sidelines during the game against Ohio State at State Farm Center on Sunday, January 1.

Illini basketball looking for upset against Wisconsin

The Illinois men's basketball team will return home...

Illinois TeJon Lucas (3) dribbles around his defender during the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on Wednesday, January 25.

Updated rapid recap:Illinois beats Iowa 76-64

Illinois head coach John Groce decided to make a change...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) shoots a pull-up jumper over Marylands Melo Trimble during the game at State Farm Center on Saturday, January 14. The Illini lost 62-56.

Struggling Illinois has chance to rebound against Iowa

Two struggling men’s basketball teams will meet in...

Malcolm Hill with the ball against Purdue on January 17th, 2017. The Illini lost 98-61

Illinois men’s basketball drops third straight in Big Ten play against Michigan

The Illinois men’s basketball rematch Saturday against...

Malcolm Hill attempts to pass the ball to TeJon Lucas against Purdue on January 17th, 2017. The Illini lost 98-61.

Illinois men’s basketball looking to shake things up moving forward

This season has been somewhat of a carousel of starting...

Malcolm Hill with the ball against Purdue on January 17th, 2017. The Illini lost 98-61

Illinois men’s basketball falls to 2-4 in Big Ten with loss at Purdue

An early three-point barrage from Purdue set the tone...

Illinois Leron Black (12) goes up for a layup during the game against North Carolina State at State Farm Center on Tuesday, November 29. The Illini won 88-74.

Unpredictability of Illinois basketball continues

Editor’s note: At the time of publication, Men’s...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) shoots a three during the game against IUPUI at State Farm Center on Tuesday, December 6. The Illini won 85-77.

Updated rapid recap: Illinois basketball edges out win over IUPUI

It seemed that a different Illinois basketball team...

Illinois Jaylon Tate (1) brings the ball up the floor during the game against North Carolina State at State Farm Center on Tuesday, November 29. The Illini won 88-74.

Illini will have difficult task in VCU’s “Havoc” defense

The Illinois men’s basketball team has been plagued...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) rises up for a jump shot during the game against North Carolina State at State Farm Center on Tuesday, November 29. The Illini won 88-74.

Updated rapid recap: Illinois takes down NC State 88-74 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Breaking out of the team’s recent trend, the Illinois...

TeJon Lucas (3) dribbles the ball towards McKendrees basket in the game against McKendree on Tuesday. The Illini won 112-65.

Illinois men’s basketball faces first real test at NIT Season Tipoff

On the heels of the team’s most dominating performance...

Illinois Tracy Abrams drives to the basket during the game against Southeast Missouri at State Farm Center on Friday, November 11. The Illini won 81-62.

Illinois gets hot from three in 47-point win over McKendree

Led by Jalen Coleman-Lands and Tracy Abrams, Illinois...

Illinois head coach John Groce shouts instructions to his team from the sideline during the game against Northern Kentucky at State Farm Center on Sunday, November 13. The Illini won 81-62.

Illinois basketball set to host McKendree on Tuesday

After taking down Southeast Missouri State and Northern...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) throws up the three goggles after hitting a three-pointer in the game against Northern Kentucky at State Farm Center on Sunday, November 13. Hill scored 40 points in the Illinis 79-64 win.

Hill drops 40 in Illinois’ win over Northern Kentucky

Illinois basketball's 79-64 win over Northern Kentucky...

Illinois Malcolm Hill goes up for a layup during the game against Southeast Missouri at State Farm Center on Friday. The Illini won 81-62.

Illinois men’s basketball wins season opener 81-62

On a day where the Illinois men’s basketball team...

Illinois Malcolm Hill throws down a two-handed dunk during the game against Rutgers at the State Farm Center on February 17. The Illini won 82-66.

Hill wants to leave a legacy at Illinois

He’s already 27th on Illinois basketball’s all-time...

The University of Illinois Triathlon Team will host host to the 10th annual Tri-the-Illini triathlon on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Tri-the-Illini triathlon set for this weekend

Hundreds of triathletes from all around the country...

Nick Hardy as the Illini of the Week.

Hardy takes little time to prove he is one of NCAA’s best golfers

Illinois men’s golfer Nick Hardy didn’t spend his...

Mens golf coach Mike Small speaks with his team during practice at the University of Illinois Golf Course.

Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small receives new contract

The Illinois men’s golf team head coach Mike Small...

Softball completes sweep over Iowa

The Illinois softball team completed its sweep over...

Illini softball drops doubleheader at Minnesota

On Saturday in Minneapolis, the Illinois softball...

Illinois Jade Vecvanags pitches in the game against Rutgers at Eichelberger Field on Sunday, Apr. 3, 2016

Illinois softball team travels to Minnesota for a conference matchup

Illinois softball will get its first big test of...

Illinois Breanna Wonderly pitches in the game against Rutgers at Eichelberger Field on Sunday, Apr. 3, 2016

Illini prepare for game with Illinois State

Tweet: @IlliniSB prepares for mid-week matchup with...

Illinois hockey bounced from first round of nationals

Missed opportunities told the tale of the Illinois...

Illinois John Olen shoots the puck at the game against Indiana Tech on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Illinois hockey is geared up for a tournament run

Tweet: [email protected] tunes up for it’s first national...

Zoe Grant The Daily Illini Zev Grumet-Morris blocks a goal during the game against Oklahoma on January 31, 2015.

Illini hockey blows lead, falls to Bobcats 7-5

It was a tale of two teams for Illini hockey against...

Illinois Eric Cruickshank fights for possession of the puck during the game against Lindenwold University at the Ice Arena on Saturday, January 30. The Illini lost 4-1.

Illini fall in series finale against Lions

Same matchup, different story for the Illinois hockey...

Illinois head coach Brad Dancer observes a match during the tennis game v. Northwestern at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Illinois won 5-2.

Illini men’s tennis wraps up fall season

The Illinois men’s tennis team finished out its last...

Aron Hiltzik

Illini of the Week October 14: Aron Hiltzik

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits...

Illinois Jared Hiltzik swings for the ball during the second round of NCAA Mens Tennis Regionals v. Drake at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Illinois won 4-2.

Illini men’s tennis has yet to appear in a fall match

The seasons are off and running for most Illinois fall...

Illini women’s golf finish tied for 10th in Florida

An unwelcome trend is developing for the Illinois women’s...

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