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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 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

Illinois Joseph Bertrand jumps over his opponent for the layup during the Fighting Illini’s win over Georgia Tech at State Farm Center, on Nov. 28, 2012.

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

Illinois' D.J Richardson looks for an open teammate during the Fighting Illini's win over Indiana at Assembly Hall, on Thurs., Feb. 7.

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

Illinois head coach John Groce looks up towards the score board during the game against Chicago State at State Farm Center, on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

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...