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Between injuries and losing records, Illinois-Rutgers is the saddest game of the year

Between injuries and losing records, Illinois-Rutgers is the saddest game of the year
February 2, 2016

Tweet: The banged-up #Illini versus a terrible Rutgers team might be the saddest game you watch all year, writes hoop columnist @aroux94 I think we’ve reached the abyss.Everyone associated with Illinois...

Illinois must build off first matchup to defeat Ohio State Thursday

Illinois' head coach John Groce checks the scoreboard late in the first half during the Illini's 78-67 loss to the Huskers at State Farm Center on Saturday, January 16.
January 27, 2016

Hey there, Ohio State. We meet again.So soon?Illinois basketball will face its first repeat opponent of the season in the Buckeyes Thursday, who are set to visit State Farm Center just over three weeks...

The futility of doubting Michigan State

Michigan State's Denzel Valentine celebrates after a 74-65 win against Maryland on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/TNS)
January 26, 2016

Tweet: With help from neon, lime green uniforms, Michigan State back on trackMaybe it was the neon green uniforms, but Michigan State was powered by a strange, new energy source Saturday against Maryland....

Illinois and Minnesota will see who has it worse Saturday

Illinois' Malcolm Hill shoots a 3-pointer over Nebraska's Shavon Shields during the Illini's 78-67 loss to the Huskers at State Farm Center on Saturday.
January 23, 2016

Illinois has had a rough season so far on its way to a 9-10 overall record, but its opponent Saturday has been worse.Minnesota (6-13, 0-7 Big Ten) has been dreadful in Richard Pitino’s third year and...

Illinois needs to play desperate Tuesday to knock off Indiana

Illinois' Jaylon Tate walks the ball up the court during the Illini's 78-67 loss to Nebraska at State Farm Center on Saturday.
January 19, 2016

It’s easy to recognize a team playing with desperation.We often see desperation from teams with their backs against the wall, with no other choice but to eat or be eaten. If a team plays desperate in...

Groce must get creative to counter interior mismatches against Purdue

John Groce patrolling the sideline during Illinois' 78-68 loss to Michigan at State Farm Center on Wednesday. Groce's team fell to 0-2 in Big Ten play after losing to Ohio State on Sunday.
January 10, 2016

There are bad matchups in college basketball, and then there are catastrophic ones.The way Illinois stacks up against No. 20 Purdue falls under the latter category.The Boilermakers visit State Farm Center...

Khalid Lewis fitting in for men’s basketball

Portrait of Khalid Lewis
November 9, 2015

There will be a lot of newness for the Illinois men’s basketball team this season — new opponents, newly renovated stadium and even a new public address announcer, Tim Sinclair.Most noticeably,...

As Illini hoops season nears, some preseason takeaways can prove valuable

As Illini hoops season nears, some preseason takeaways can prove valuable
November 3, 2015

State Farm Center is coming along.One month away from its almost-but-not-totally-finished grand opening for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge between Illinois and Notre Dame, shiny new facades and a retreat of...

Big Ten basketball power rankings: Week of March 3

March 3, 2015

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini basketball staff ranks the basketball teams in the Big Ten 1-14 and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings. 1. MARYLAND (Last week: 3) The...

Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Week of Feb. 2

February 3, 2015

1. WISCONSIN (LAST WEEK: 1) The No. 5 Badgers took care of Iowa for their fourth-straight win, improving to 7-1 in conference play. 2. OHIO STATE (2) No. 20 Ohio State didn’t just knock off No. 16 Maryland,...

Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Week of Jan. 27

January 27, 2015

1. Wisconsin Riding high off an overtime win at Michigan, the No. 5 Badgers continue to top the Big Ten. 2. Ohio State The Buckeyes are third in the country with a 50.9 percent field goal percentage and...

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