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Morgan’s lay-in likely means NIT for Illinois basketball

Illinois' head coach John Groce reacts to an Illinois turnover during the quarter-final game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament against Michigan at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, on Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 The Illini lost 64-63.

March 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Breaking the huddle after a timeout, Nik Stauskas told Jordan Morgan he was shooting the ball regardless of what he saw on the court. With Michigan down a point against Illinois and 19.1 seconds remaining, Wolverines head coach John Beilein drew up a play to get Stauskas the ball with ...

Abrams, Illini fall short against Michigan in Big Ten Tournament

Illinois' Tracy Abrams (13) reacts after missing the game winning shot during the quarter-final game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament against Michigan at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, on Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 The Illini lost 64-63.

By Johnathan Hettinger

March 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — It was the shot Tracy Abrams wanted. With 3.0 seconds left in the game and Illinois trailing 64-63, senior Jon Ekey passed it to the point guard at the top of the key. Abrams broke free of Caris LaVert, Michigan’s 6-foot-6 wingman, who was guarding him. He drove to the basket, and...

Rice leads Illini to 80-63 win in season opener

November 9, 2013

The hometown kid stole the show in Illinois basketball’s season-opening victory Friday night at State Farm Center. Champaign native Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 22 points in an 80-63 win over Alabama State in his Illini debut. Rice shot 6-of-12 for the game on top of 9-of-10 from the free-throw l...