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Illinois, now favorites, should dominate Boston in NIT

Illinois, now favorites, should dominate Boston in NIT

March 19, 2014

Illinois is done being the underdog. The Illini have been labeled as underdogs in their past five games, at least. The stretch started with three straight games against ranked opponents and then culminated with Illinois being a 9-seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois has embraced a giant-killer’...

NIT gives Illinois chance to build toward next year

Illinois' head coach John Groce instructs his team during the quarter-final game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament against Michigan at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, on Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 The Illini lost 64-63.

March 17, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team had its name called on Selection Sunday, but not for the tournament Illini fans were hoping for. The Illini’s 19 wins weren’t enough to place them in the NCAA tournament. Illinois will instead have to settle for an appearance in the National Invitation Tourname...

Bertrand shined despite never being a star

Illinois Joseph Bertrand jumps over his opponent for the layup during the Fighting Illini’s win over Georgia Tech at State Farm Center, on Nov. 28, 2012.

March 4, 2014

Joseph Bertrand is one of the most unique players in Illinois basketball history. The 6-foot-6 guard doesn’t have statistics that are going to blow anyone away. Bertrand has never averaged double-digit points or even five rebounds per game in any season in his career. He’s also never averaged a block ...

Nunn, sharpshooting, lead Illinois past Nebraska

Illinois head coach John Groce gives Kendrick Nunn (25) a high-five during the game against Nebraska at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2013. The Illini won 60-49.

February 27, 2014

Rayvonte Rice had all the makings of becoming the go-to player of the Illinois men’s basketball team. He by far and away led the team in scoring during the nonconference slate and was actually relied upon too often at times. Those days are done. The brilliance of Kendrick Nunn, along with the rest of...

Illinois needs to make adjustments in rematch against Nebraska

Illinois needs to make adjustments in rematch against Nebraska

February 26, 2014

Rarely in college basketball do teams get the chance to avenge a bitter loss, but Illinois can do just that when they host Nebraska on Wednesday. Nebraska overwhelmed Illinois on Feb. 12 behind a 27-18 run to end the game. Illinois really didn’t do anything well and might have even overlooked this...

Nunn, Egwu propel Illinois to road victory over Minnesota

Illinois' Jon Ekey goes for the ball against Minnesota at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this caption incorrectly stated that the Illinois game against Minnesota took place at Mariucci Arena. The game took place at Williams Arena. The Daily Illini regrets the error. 

February 20, 2014

Freshman guard Kendrick Nunn represents what could possibly be a bright future for the Illinois basketball program this season. His solid performances have made Illini Nation more optimistic about what lies ahead. But Nunn isn’t worried about the future; he’s too busy leading the present Illini ...

Illinois lack energy, toughness in loss to Nebraska

Illinois lack energy, toughness in loss to Nebraska

February 13, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team has officially hit rock bottom. Illinois couldn’t have played any worse in a 67-58 loss at the hands of Nebraska on Wednesday.  Let’s start with Illinois’ offensive ineptitude, which has been a recurring trend this season. Rayvonte Rice was depended on far ...

After win, Illinois shouldn’t overlook Nebraska

February 12, 2014

Nothing comes easy in the Big Ten. Illinois knows that better than anyone. The Illini have already suffered defeats to Northwestern and Purdue, two of the conference’s worst teams. John Groce has repeated throughout the season that any Big Ten team could win on any given day. Nebraska is no different...