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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...

Bertrand shined despite never being a star

Bertrand shined despite never being a star

March 4, 2014

Joseph Bertrand is one of the most unique players in Illinois basketball history. The 6-foot-6 guard doesn’t have statistics that are going to blow anyone away. Bertrand has never averaged double-digit points or even five rebounds per game in any season in his career. He’s also never averaged a block ...

Former Illini D.J. Richardson giving Groce a helping hand

Former Illini D.J. Richardson giving Groce a helping hand

February 24, 2014

A familiar face has been hanging around the Illinois basketball practice facilities. Former Illini guard D.J. Richardson was all set to begin his season with Toros de Aragua, a professional team in Venezuela, in late January. He arrived in South America on Jan. 21 and the very next day, his first day of ...

Rice leads Illinois to Georgia Tech for Big Ten-ACC Challenge

Rice leads Illinois to Georgia Tech for Big Ten-ACC Challenge

December 3, 2013

It starts between the ears. At least, it does for John Groce. The head coach of Illinois men’s basketball wasn’t happy with his team’s start to Friday night’s game against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. For Groce, the slow start was mental. He didn’t think his five freshmen handled their Thank...