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Improving doubles key for Illinois men’s tennis

By Christopher Kennedy

February 5, 2015

Despite completing a thrilling comeback win over then-No. 6 North Carolina Saturday night, Illinois men’s tennis head coach Brad Dancer said that the team still has a lot of work to do. In its three dual meets against top-15 teams, No. 5 Illinois has dropped the doubles point every time and compiled ...

10 days that defined the Illinois men’s basketball season

10 days that defined the Illinois men’s basketball season

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 he could not play this season, leaving Illinois with a hole at point guard behind starter Tracy Abr...

Snider a bigger loss for Illinois than Alexander

November 19, 2013

Editor's note: This column is written as part of a point-counterpoint. The other column, stating the Cliff Alexander loss hurt more, can be read here. John Groce doesn’t take well to losing. A fired-up Groce took to the microphone at a press conference Saturday and told the world: Illinois basketball is in a great place. ...

Alexander loss hurts the most

Alexander loss hurts the most

By By: Stephen Bourbon

November 19, 2013

Editor's note: This column is written as part of a point-counterpoint. The other column, stating the Quentin Snider loss hurt more, can be read here.  The aftermath is everywhere. Ever since Friday, Illini basketball fans have felt the shockwaves of not one, but two prospective basketball recruits picking other schools. Cliff Alexander, a...

Groce discusses class of 2014 signings

November 16, 2013

As college basketball’s early signing period continued this weekend, Illinois head coach John Groce addressed the media Saturday to discuss the Illini’s two signings for the class of 2014. Illinois signed two forwards: Leron Black, of Memphis, Tenn., and Michael Finke, of Champaign. Groce did no...

Alexander, Snider decisions hinder future of Illinois basketball

November 16, 2013

CHICAGO — Friday was one of the most important days in Illinois basketball history for all the wrong reasons. The day began with news that Quentin Snider, the 35th best player in the class of 2014 according to ESPN, decommitted from Illinois to sign with Louisville. Despite the loss of Snider, Friday ...

Recruit Cliff Alexander snubs Illini, commits to Jayhawks

Recruit Cliff Alexander snubs Illini, commits to Jayhawks

November 15, 2013

The jewel of John Groce’s eye spurned Illinois and his home state school in favor of Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks. Chicago native and Curie Metropolitan High School center Cliff Alexander verbally committed to play at Kansas in a televised announcement. Alexander was the No. 3-ranked player overal...