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Illini, Mizzou feed off Braggin’ Rights crowd

Missouri's Keith Shamburger (14) attempts to rile the crowd 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 — Rayvonte Rice was quiet for most of the first half. The Scottrade Center crowd was not. After finishing the first half with eight points, Rice carried the Illini offensively for stretches in the second half and finished the Braggin’ Rights game off on a high note with a fade away buz...

Illini basketball gains momentum in win over Hampton

Illinois' Kendrick Nunn (25) shoots over his opponent during the game against Hampton at State Farm Center on Dec.17, 2014. The Illini won 73-55.

December 18, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team needed energy Wednesday night. Kendrick Nunn provided it. After a less than impressive loss to Oregon over the weekend, Illinois (8-3) needed regain its momentum against Hampton (4-6). Nunn, who led the Illini with 16 points, helped the Illini to a solid 73–55...

Illini basketball fans might as well be patient — for now

The Illini men's basketball team is introduced before the game against Oregon at United Center in Chicago on Saturday. The Illini have plenty of issues to address if they want to compete in Big Ten play, but the remaining nonconference matchups don't offer much chance for a resume-building win. 

December 17, 2014

We’re 10 games into the season, and Illini fans have more questions than answers in regards to what John Groce’s Illinois basketball team is capable of this year.  Following Saturday’s loss to Oregon at United Center, many Illini fans were left disappointed. The primary sources of that disap...

Loss to Oregon troubling on multiple levels

Oregon's Elgin Cook dunks the ball against Illinois at United Center in Chicago on Saturday. The loss to Oregon leaves Illinois with no chance for a marquee win in nonconference play.

December 14, 2014

CHICAGO — As I left the United Center following Illinois’ 77-70 loss to Oregon, most Illini fans had the same bewildered look on their faces. This was supposed to be the year the Illini found balance and consistency, where they put away opponents with their superior depth and shooting, where they h...

Illinois falls to Oregon at United Center 77-70

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) attempts a layup during the game against Oregon at United Center in Chicago, Illinois on Dec.13, 2014. The Illini lost 70-77.

By Sean Neumann

December 14, 2014

CHICAGO – Illinois switched its role Saturday night, but it wasn't enough. After chasing the lead throughout the game in their last two losses, the Illini stayed ahead of Oregon for most of the game. But the Ducks grabbed the lead late in the second half and defeated Illinois 77-70 at the United Cen...

Illini basketball can’t keep up with No. 7 Villanova

By Sean Neumann

December 10, 2014

The Illini hung in the game late, but it wasn’t enough. Illinois (7-2) fell to No. 7 Villanova (9-0) Tuesday night, 73-59, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tuesday’s loss was Illinois’ second in three games and its second against a ranked opponent this season. Illini forward Malcolm Hill had a car...

Illinois muscles past American in weekend tune-up

Illinois muscles past American in weekend tune-up

December 6, 2014

In an afternoon that saw ranked teams like Michigan and Miami fall at home in upsets, Illinois basketball avoided that same fate. The No. 24 Illini methodically took care of American University in a 70-55 win Saturday at State Farm Center. What John Groce’s squad lacked in spectacle they made up for wi...

Illinois won’t take American lightly in preparation for Villanova

Illinois' Ahmad Starks looks for an open pass during the game against Brown at State Farm Center on Nov. 24. Starks had a couple of rough shooting nights since the Illini last played in Champaign. 

December 5, 2014

In sports, the definition of a “trap game” is when a lesser opponent lurks on the schedule immediately before playing a big game.  No. 24 Illinois basketball plays American on Saturday. Then, the Illini take on No. 10 Villanova on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic...

Illinois basketball stumbles against Miami

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) drives towards the basket during the game against Brown at State Farm Center, on Nov. 24, 2014. The Illini won 89-68.

December 4, 2014

Tuesday’s game against Miami was the Illinois men’s basketball team’s first real test of the year. Illinois didn’t pass. The previously undefeated No. 24 Illini (6-1) dropped a 70-61 contest to No. 15 Miami (8-0). The loss was due in a large part to the Illini’s poor shooting. Coming into th...

Illinois basketball doomed by poor shooting in Miami loss

Miami’s Sheldon McClellan goes to the basket to score in the first half against Illinois in Coral Gables, Florida, on Tuesday. The Hurricanes won, 70-61. The Illini’s shooting percentage was their season-worst at 33.3 percent.

By Sean Neumann

December 3, 2014

Illinois’ strength became its weakness Tuesday night. The No. 24 Illini suffered their first loss of the season, falling to No. 15 Miami 70-61 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. It was the team’s worst offense night of the season. The Illini offense, which was fifth in the nation in sco...

Cold shooting dooms Illinois basketball at Miami

Cold shooting dooms Illinois basketball at Miami

December 3, 2014

Illinois played well for roughly three minutes of Tuesday’s 70-61 loss to Miami. The Illini came out of halftime facing a 37-24 deficit and went on a 10-0 run to open the half, cutting Miami’s lead to three in quick fashion. Later in the half, once the Hurricanes opened up another 10-point lead, I...

Illinois overcomes slow start to get the best of Baylor

Illinois overcomes slow start to get the best of Baylor

November 29, 2014

llinois basketball headed to the Las Vegas Invitational knowing it would receive its first true test of the young season.  That test didn’t come Thanksgiving Day, as the Illini easily dispatched Indiana State 88-62 in the first round of the tournament. It came on Friday, in the form of the previous...

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