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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

By Alex Roux

February 3, 2016


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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 basketball is about to experience exactly what college hoops irrelevancy feels like as the 10-12 Illini tr...

Illinois must build off first matchup to defeat Ohio State Thursday

Illinois must build off first matchup to defeat Ohio State Thursday

By Alex Roux

January 27, 2016


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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 after edging the Illini 75-73 at home. Since the two teams last played Jan. 3, both lost three games,...

The futility of doubting Michigan State

The futility of doubting Michigan State

By Dan Escalona

January 26, 2016


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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. Not only did the Spartans end their three-game losing streak, they kindly reminded the rest of th...

Illinois and Minnesota will see who has it worse Saturday

Illinois and Minnesota will see who has it worse Saturday

By Alex Roux

January 23, 2016


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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 is looking to snap an eight-game losing streak when it faces Illinois on Saturday night at Williams...

Illinois needs to play desperate Tuesday to knock off Indiana

Illinois needs to play desperate Tuesday to knock off Indiana

By Alex Roux

January 19, 2016


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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 college basketball it usually means bodies are flying across the floor for loose balls, defenders a...

Groce must get creative to counter interior mismatches against Purdue

Groce must get creative to counter interior mismatches against Purdue

By Alex Roux

January 10, 2016


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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 Sunday, bringing their trio of towering big men with them. At 7 feet, 260 pounds, AJ Hammons is an e...

Khalid Lewis fitting in for men’s basketball

Khalid Lewis fitting in for men’s basketball

By Joey Figueroa

November 9, 2015


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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, though, the Illini will rely on a handful of new faces. With three freshmen and two graduate-transfers a...

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

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

By Alex Roux

November 3, 2015


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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 construction equipment has the home of Illini hoops looking like an actual arena again.At least fo...

Big Ten basketball power rankings: Week of March 3

By Daily Illini Staff Report

March 3, 2015


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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 No. 14 Terrapins are led by freshman phenom Melo Trimble, who has averaged 16.2 points per game on the season, while lea...

Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Week of Feb. 2

By Daily Illini Staff Report

February 3, 2015


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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, but made a statement winning the game 80-56. 3. MARYLAND (3) The No. 17 Terrapins dropped tw...

Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Week of Jan. 27

By Daily Illini Staff Report

January 27, 2015


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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 have a big test heading into a matchup with No. 16 Maryland on Thursday. 3. Maryland The Terrapin...

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