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LoVett snub a reminder of Groce’s point guard problem

LoVett snub a reminder of Groce’s point guard problem

By Alex Roux

May 25, 2015

Late Wednesday evening, Illinois men’s basketball fans were issued an uncomfortable reminder.Like a mountain of dirty dishes that eventually becomes too big to ignore, Illini fans were forced to stare down the bare spot in their future point guard cupboard when 2015 target Marcus LoVett, Jr. tweeted tha...

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...

Illini basketball suffers season-ending blowout to Alabama in NIT

Illini basketball suffers season-ending blowout to Alabama in NIT

March 18, 2015

The Illinois men’s basketball team didn’t come to play on Tuesday night. Third-seeded Illinois (19-13, 9-9 Big Ten) was outplayed by sixth-seeded Alabama (18-14, 8-10 SEC) in all facets of the game in the first round of the NIT in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide embarrassed the Illini from the s...

Alabama rolls Illinois basketball in opening round of NIT

Alabama rolls Illinois basketball in opening round of NIT

March 18, 2015

We’ve seen it before with this Illinois basketball team. This season, it has become a common theme. Opponents hit them in the mouth, go on a run, the Illini fold and the game is essentially over. It just happened sooner than ever Tuesday night in an opening round NIT game against Alabama at the Cole...

Illinois basketball still clinging to NCAA tournament hopes

Illinois basketball still clinging to NCAA tournament hopes

By Sean Neumann

March 3, 2015

The Illini men’s basketball team has just two games left to make a final push to the NCAA tournament.  Trying to avoid back-to-back trips to the NIT, Illinois looks to close out the season with back-to-back wins against Nebraska and Purdue this week. The Illini lost to Nebraska in mid-January in one ...

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...

Tate’s assists help spread Illini basketball offense

Tate’s assists help spread Illini basketball offense

By Sean Neumann

February 5, 2015

Jaylon Tate can dish it out. The Illini point guard has proven his ability to pass the ball all season, leading the Illini with 82 assists. The point guard added six assists in Tuesday night’s 66-54 win over Rutgers, helping spread the team’s offensive production on a night where four Illini scored in...

Illinois rolls past Rutgers behind Nunn, Hill

Illinois rolls past Rutgers behind Nunn, Hill

February 4, 2015

In Illinois’ 66-54 win over Rutgers Tuesday night, Malcolm Hill and Kendrick Nunn did what they’ve been doing for almost the entire Big Ten season.  They carried the Illini from start to finish. Hill had 15 points, Nunn had 21, and the sophomore studs accumulated their points in a variety of w...

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...

With Owls in town, Illini must continue to forge identity

With Owls in town, Illini must continue to forge identity

December 27, 2014

The outcome of Saturday night’s Illinois basketball game isn’t really in doubt.  The Illini face 4-9 Kennesaw State at State Farm Center, and it’s a game Illinois should win. Yes, I know upsets happen. Michigan State recently lost to Texas Southern, Michigan embarrassed themselves against NJI...

Rice turns frustration to elation for Illini fans

Rice turns frustration to elation for Illini fans

December 21, 2014

ST. LOUIS — As Saturday’s Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis between Missouri and Illinois ticked down to its final minutes, Illinois fans were frustrated. Frustrated that the Illini were letting an inferior Mizzou team hang around. Frustrated that the Tigers seemed to hit every tough shot they ...

Rice’s buzzer-beater lifts Illinois over Missouri

Rice’s buzzer-beater lifts Illinois over Missouri

By Sean Neumann

December 20, 2014

ST. LOUIS – There was little doubt the ball was going to be in Rayvonte Rice's hands. As the seconds faded off the clock, Rice fell back from beyond the arc to put up a long three. The senior guard buried a shot over two Missouri defenders as the clock ran out, igniting an eruption on, and off, the...

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