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LoVett snub a reminder of Groce’s point guard problem

Illinois' head coach John Groce claps after a Michigan turnover during the game at United Center in Chicago, Illinois during the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, March 12, 2015. 
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...

Illini basketball struggles to find rhythm on season

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...

Illini basketball suffers season-ending blowout to Alabama in NIT

Illinois' head coach John Groce talks to his team before the game against Nebraska at State Farm Center, on Wednesday, March 5, 2015. The Illini won 69-57.
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...

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...

Illinois basketball still clinging to NCAA tournament hopes

Illinois' head coach John Groce reacts to the officials after calling a timeout during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Jan. 18. The Illini lost 80-74.
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...

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...

Tate’s assists help spread Illini basketball offense

Illinois’ Jaylon Tate goes up for a shot during the game against Rutgers at State Farm Center on Tuesday. Tate led the team with six assists.
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...

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...

Illinois defeats Rutgers behind 23-6 run

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...

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...

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...

Rice’s buzzer-beater lifts Illinois over Missouri

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) takes the game-winning shot during the game against Missouri at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Dec.20, 2014. The Illini won 62-59.
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...

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