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Even in down years, Braggin’ Rights remain sacred

The Illini men's basketball team poses with Braggin' Rights trophy after beating Missouri 62-59 in last season's edition of the rivalry game.
December 23, 2015

Tweet: Even in a down year for both teams, Braggin’ Rights remain sacred for Illini/MizzouWhen a season goes as it has so far for Illinois basketball, it can become harder to find games on the schedule...

Rice turns frustration to elation for Illini fans

Rice turns frustration to elation for Illini fans
December 21, 2014

ST. LOUIS — As Saturday’s Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis between Missouri and Illinois ticked down to its final minutes, Illinois fans were frustrated. Frustrated that the Illini were letting...

Rice’s buzzer-beater lifts Illinois over Missouri

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) takes the game-winning shot during the game against Missouri at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Dec.20, 2014. The Illini won 62-59.
December 20, 2014

ST. LOUIS – There was little doubt the ball was going to be in Rayvonte Rice's hands. As the seconds faded off the clock, Rice fell back from beyond the arc to put up a long three. The senior guard buried...

Illini, Mizzou feed off Braggin’ Rights crowd

Missouri's Keith Shamburger (14) attempts to rile the crowd during the game against Missouri at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Dec.20, 2014. The Illini won 62-59.
December 20, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Rayvonte Rice was quiet for most of the first half. The Scottrade Center crowd was not. After finishing the first half with eight points, Rice carried the Illini offensively for stretches...

Braggin’ Rights game will be special, as always

Missouri's Johnathan Williams III reaches for a loose ball against Illinois' Kendrick Nunn and Jon Ekey in the second half of the 2013 Braggin' Rights game at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Illinois won last year's eidtion, 65-64. The teams will meet again Saturday.
December 20, 2014

As Illinois head coach John Groce has said, when it comes to the Braggin’ Rights game, you can throw the teams’ records out the window.  Illinois enters the annual contest at 8-3, while Missouri sits...

Illini basketball fans might as well be patient — for now

The Illini men's basketball team is introduced before the game against Oregon at United Center in Chicago on Saturday. The Illini have plenty of issues to address if they want to compete in Big Ten play, but the remaining nonconference matchups don't offer much chance for a resume-building win. 
December 17, 2014

We’re 10 games into the season, and Illini fans have more questions than answers in regards to what John Groce’s Illinois basketball team is capable of this year.  Following Saturday’s loss to...

10 days that defined the Illinois men’s basketball season

With renovations to State Farm Center still ongoing, the Illinois men’s basketball team will host the first-ever #ILLINIALLIN event. The event will take place at the Ubben Basketball Practice Facility on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 1-3:30 p.m. and will consist of an exclusive scrimmage only open to a select few Illini fans.
May 14, 2014

Oct. 1 — Transfer Ahmad Starks denied waiver by the NCAA to play the 2013-14 season. The guard from Oregon State who transferred to Illinois to be closer to his grandmother was told by the NCAA that...

Illini start strong but falter at end of break games

January 16, 2014

Illinois basketball was on top of the world on Dec. 21. After the Illini snapped a four-game losing streak in the 33rd annual Braggin’ Rights game against No. 23 Missouri, how could they not be? They...

Abrams’ clutch performance propels Illinois over Missouri

Illinois' Tracy Abrams gets a hug from head coach John Groce after a 65-64 win against Missouri in the Braggin' Rights game at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
December 22, 2013

After a couple stellar performances against UNLV and IPFW over Thanksgiving break I called Rayvonte Rice the “go-to player” of the Illinois men’s basketball team. Maybe I spoke too soon. Tracy Abrams...

Abrams’ free throws clinch Braggin’ Rights

Illinois celebrates a 65-64 win against Missouri in the Braggin' Rights game at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
December 22, 2013

ST. LOUIS — John Groce preaches toughness and his junior point guard exemplified it on Saturday. Tracy Abrams sank two free throws with 4.6 seconds on the clock to beat Missouri 65-64 in the Bud Light...

Illinois honors former players with Braggin’ Rights win

Illinois' Joseph Bertrand celebrates a 65-64 win against Missouri in the Braggin' Rights game at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
December 22, 2013

ST. LOUIS — After Joseph Bertrand carried the Braggin’ Rights trophy off the court for the first time in his five-year Illini career, he couldn’t help but do a bit of bragging. “U mad?” Bertrand,...

1993 Braggin’ Rights game was a classic

December 21, 2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. — When the latest installment of the Missouri-Illinois Braggin' Rights game tipped off Dec. 22, 1993, at The Arena on Oakland Avenue, Norm Stewart's Tigers were still smarting from a 120-68...

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