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Illinois' Ivory Crawford (22) drives the ball during the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Excitement building from within Illinois women’s basketball program

November 5, 2014

Head coach Matt Bollant had a rough second season with Illinois women’s basketball. His team finished 9-21 overall, 2-14 in the Big Ten. Combine that losing record with the Big Ten’s addition of Maryland...

Illinois head coach Matt Bollant has retooled the Illini roster through veteran transfers and incoming freshmen.

Illinois women’s basketball has upgrades at important positions

By Joey Figueroa November 5, 2014

Since taking over the program two years ago, Illinois women’s basketball head coach Matt Bollant has taken his recruiting talents to the next level. Following a poor 2013-14 season, during which the...

Illinois' Tracy Abrams (13) attempts a layup during the first round game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament against Indiana at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, on Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014 The Illini won 64-54.

Following ACL tear, Abrams adjusting to the bench

November 4, 2014

At first, Tracy Abrams didn’t think the injury was that bad. He was in shock and a few seconds later he felt the pain. “I knew something was wrong,” Abrams said. As he lay on the court near one of...

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...

Starks learns hard work from family, grandmother

Starks learns hard work from family, grandmother

November 4, 2014

Ahmad Starks is quiet. He always has been. The senior guard for the Illinois men’s basketball team has never been much of a talker. For the most part, he lets his actions speak for themselves, both on...

After transfer year, Cosby is ready to go for Illinois basketball

After transfer year, Cosby is ready to go for Illinois basketball

November 4, 2014

Aaron Cosby has always been a stellar shooter. But when Cosby arrived at Illinois, there was something that may have stood out to head coach John Groce, other than his shot. “When he came in here, I...

Illinois head coach John Groce will host top point guard recruit Jalen Brunson this weekend. The visit is the first of five recruits to visit this fall. Brunson is choosing between Illinois, Michigan State, Purdue, Temple and Villanova.

If Illini reach potential, they will be a tournament team

November 4, 2014

Last season, Illinois basketball was defined by a series of “ifs”. The 2013-14 Illini had nine newcomers on its roster, and head coach John Groce had to throw his unbalanced roster together and do...

With Leron Black, future could be now for Illinois basketball

With Leron Black, future could be now for Illinois basketball

By Sean Neumann November 4, 2014

The future of Illini basketball might be here already, and its name is “Savage.” Freshman Leron Black — who was given the ferocious nickname for his aggressive rebounding — is expecting to get...

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...

Big Ten Basketball Preview

By Sam Sherman November 4, 2014

Illinois Head Coach: John Groce Record: 20-15, 7-11 Big Ten Postseason Finish: Lost in second round of NIT Key Losses: Joseph Bertrand, Jon Ekey, Tracy Abrams (Torn ACL) Key Returners: Rayvonte Rice, Nnanna...

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