The Daily Illini

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...

Pivotal game awaits Illinois basketball against Michigan State

Pivotal game awaits Illinois basketball against Michigan State

February 6, 2015

If you take a quick look at Saturday’s matchup between Michigan State and Illinois on paper, it’s difficult to be optimistic about the Illini’s chances.  The game is at Michigan State and John Groce’s Illini squad has had real trouble away from home all season. Illinois is 1-5 in true road ...

Layup in final seconds gives Illini 60-58 win

Layup in final seconds gives Illini 60-58 win

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...

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...

Egwu vows to make senior season count

Egwu vows to make senior season count

November 4, 2014

Illinois head coach John Groce didn’t recruit Nnanna Egwu to Champaign. Groce was the head man at Ohio when Egwu committed to former Illini coach Bruce Weber in 2009. But now, Groce, beginning his third season coaching the 6-foot-11 center at Illinois, is running out of superlatives to describe Egwu and th...

Champaign native Finke at home with Illinois

Champaign native Finke at home with Illinois

By Sean Neumann

November 4, 2014

Michael Finke doesn’t have to travel far to get to the State Farm Center. His home in Champaign is only about four miles from Illinois basketball’s home court. The Champaign native is one of two incoming freshman joining the Illini in 2014-15, looking to find playing time behind more established bigs, ...

Illinois men’s basketball freshmen stepping up

Illinois men’s basketball freshmen stepping up

By Johnathan Hettinger

February 11, 2014

With 26 seconds left, the shot clock winding down and Illinois leading by one, the Illini found themselves in a familiar position Sunday. In Illinois’ last two trips to State College, Pa., Penn State had a knack for knocking off the Illini in the closing seconds. Two seasons ago, Tim Frazier hit a ju...