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Illini’s Nunn stepping into the limelight

Illini’s Nunn stepping into the limelight

January 20, 2015

Kendrick Nunn has been here before. It’s the reason he is so calm and collected despite the on-court situation. Whether Nunn is knocking down clutch free throws at the end of the game, starting over a senior in his freshman year, or draining three after three, he only exudes confidence on the court...

Excitement building from within Illinois women’s basketball program

Excitement building from within Illinois women’s basketball program

November 5, 2014

Head coach Matt Bollant had a rough second season with Illinois women’s basketball. His team finished 9-21 overall, 2-14 in the Big Ten. Combine that losing record with the Big Ten’s addition of Maryland and Rutgers, two national powerhouse programs, and not many people have high expectations of Illin...

Following ACL tear, Abrams adjusting to the bench

Following ACL tear, Abrams adjusting to the bench

November 4, 2014

At first, Tracy Abrams didn’t think the injury was that bad. He was in shock and a few seconds later he felt the pain. “I knew something was wrong,” Abrams said. As he lay on the court near one of the baskets at Ubben Basketball complex with pain shooting through his right knee, his thoughts turned t...

Starks learns hard work from family, grandmother

Starks learns hard work from family, grandmother

November 4, 2014

Ahmad Starks is quiet. He always has been. The senior guard for the Illinois men’s basketball team has never been much of a talker. For the most part, he lets his actions speak for themselves, both on the court and off. His quiet, cautious personality comes from his grandmother, Marzola Robinson. S...

If Illini reach potential, they will be a tournament team

If Illini reach potential, they will be a tournament team

November 4, 2014

Last season, Illinois basketball was defined by a series of “ifs”. The 2013-14 Illini had nine newcomers on its roster, and head coach John Groce had to throw his unbalanced roster together and do what he could to help them succeed. After suffering an eight-game losing streak in Big Ten play, the Ill...

Champaign native Finke at home with Illinois

Champaign native Finke at home with Illinois

By Sean Neumann

November 4, 2014

Michael Finke doesn’t have to travel far to get to the State Farm Center. His home in Champaign is only about four miles from Illinois basketball’s home court. The Champaign native is one of two incoming freshman joining the Illini in 2014-15, looking to find playing time behind more established bigs, ...