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Illini basketball struggles to find rhythm on season

By Nicholas Fortin

May 10, 2015

By Nicholas fortinstaff writerIllinois (19-14, 9-9 Big Ten) dealt with injuries, suspensions and other obstacles in a season full of setbacks and in the end the Illini just couldn’t cope with the off-court complications as the team finished the season disappointed.The Illini came into the season w...

Sophomore Colbert to transfer away from Illinois basketball

April 15, 2015

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce announced Wednesday that sophomore forward Austin Colbert has decided to transfer. “After meeting with Austin, he and I agree that it is in his best interest to pursue a fresh start and continue his education and basketball career at another institution,” Gr...

Illinois basketball travels to Alabama for the NIT

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice shoots the ball during the game against Michigan at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, during the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. The Illini lost 73-55, sending them to the National Invitational Tournament for the second year in a row.

By Sean Neumann

March 17, 2015

A crushing 18-point loss to Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday set Illinois up for deja vu, sealing the team’s second-straight trip to the National Invitational Tournament. As a consolation, the Illini will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to play Alabama on Tuesday night. ...

Illinois captures 59-54 win at Michigan State

Michigan State's Lourawls Nairn Jr. drives by Illinois' Ahmad Starks for a score in the first half on Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. The Illini won, 59-54. 

February 7, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Even during the flow of the game, where players sometimes lose track of details, Illinois guard Malcolm Hill noticed something amiss with Michigan State's free-throw shooting.  "There were times where it seems like even the Michigan State players were surprised (at the misses...

Illini basketball heads to Michigan State

February 6, 2015

Malcolm Hill fondly remembers the last time the Illinois men’s basketball team was in East Lansing, Mich. Hill recalled enjoying the arena and the energy of the opposing fans. Most importantly, he remembered scoring 10 points in Illinois’ 53-46 win over Michigan State.  “It was a fun experienc...

Illini of the Week Feb. 4: Malcolm Hill

Malcolm Hill has emerged as a leader and point-scorer for the Illini men’s basketball in the absence of Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby.

February 4, 2015

Editor’s Note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.  As Malcolm Hill caught the pass from Jaylon Tate and surveyed the defens...

Illinois defeats Rutgers behind 23-6 run

By Sean Neumann

February 4, 2015

It took just one big push. Illinois defeated Rutgers 66-54 on Tuesday at State Farm Center behind a 23-6 run midway through the game.    Rutgers (10-14, 2-9 Big Ten) hung in the game for most of the first half before Illinois (15-8, 5-5) erupted on a scoring stretch that extended into the second h...

Illini basketball can’t afford setback at home against Rutgers

Illinois' Malcolm Hill signals to his teammates during the game against Penn State at State Farm Center on Saturday. The Illini won 60-58.

February 3, 2015

Illinois’ basketball season teetered dangerously close to the cliff’s edge Saturday at home against Penn State when it trailed 58-56 with one minute to play. The Illini avoided falling off the edge, but squeaked out a 60-58 victory in a game that demonstrated how delicate a team’s season could be...

Illini host Scarlet Knights

Illinois' Malcolm Hill draws a foul during the game against Kennesaw State at State Farm Center on Dec. 27. Hill has been a strong asset to the team in the midst of injuries and suspensions, averaging 14.6 points per game.

February 3, 2015

Malcolm Hill knows not to overlook Big Ten opponents. The Illinois men’s basketball team (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten) has already dealt with a loss to Minnesota, a team that was 1-6 in conference coming into its game against Illinois. So when Illinois plays Rutgers on Tuesday night at State Farm Center, both ...

Layup in final seconds gives Illini 60-58 win

Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) drives into the paint before making the game-winning basket during the game against Penn State at State Farm Center on Jan. 31, 2015. The Illini won 60-58.

By Sean Neumann

January 31, 2015

Malcolm Hill turned off a double team with just seconds remaining and drove to the basket. The baby-face sophomore had already given his Illini team all he could: 25 points, four rebounds, 37 minutes on the floor. But like a veteran, he drove to the rim one last time.   The right-handed sophomore w...

Hill delivers in dramatic win over Penn State

Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) looks for space while protecting the ball during the game against Penn State at State Farm Center on Jan. 31, 2015. The Illini won 60-58.

January 31, 2015

For most of the afternoon, the game between Penn State and Illinois on Saturday was sluggish and the crowd was quiet. But when Malcolm Hill drove past two Nittany Lions defenders and finished off a left-handed layup to give the Illini a 60-58 lead with four seconds remaining, the fans at State Farm ...

Illinois basketball should be fresh after week off

Illinois' Kendrick Nunn (25) attempts a shot during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Jan. 21, 2015. The Illini won 66-57.

January 30, 2015

For Illinois head coach John Groce and his team, a week off couldn’t have come at a better time.  The Illini have been battered and bruised all season. Starting point guard Tracy Abrams is out for the year with a torn ACL. Leading scorer Rayvonte Rice and junior shooting guard Aaron Cosby have miss...

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