The Daily Illini

Big Ten Roundup

By Complied Sam Sherman

January 20, 2015

Illinois Head Coach: John Groce Record: 12-7, 2-4 Big Ten Analysis: Expectations were high for the Illini coming into the season in what seemed to be a crowded middle of the conference. Well into the season, the Illini have greatly underperformed. They have had some nice wins against Baylor and Mary...

Winter will ask: Illinois’ struggling conference consistency

Winter will ask: Illinois’ struggling conference consistency

By Sean Neumann

January 20, 2015

Bringing his players out to his family swimming pool on a summer day, John Groce knew one of the Illinois basketball team’s biggest problems was its consistency. The Illini head coach experienced a lack of it in his two previous years in Champaign, falling flat in conference play both years after a p...

Rice injury means ‘next man up’

January 20, 2015

“When things don’t go your way, how are you going to stand up to it?” Flanked by reporters, Illinois senior center Nnanna Egwu posed the question a day after star teammate Rayvonte Rice broke his hand in practice. Egwu and his teammates had just found out that the injury would sideline senior Ri...

Illinois women’s basketball has upgrades at important positions

Illinois women’s basketball has upgrades at important positions

By Joey Figueroa

November 5, 2014

Since taking over the program two years ago, Illinois women’s basketball head coach Matt Bollant has taken his recruiting talents to the next level. Following a poor 2013-14 season, during which the Illini went 2-14 in Big Ten play, Bollant has comprised the pieces to bounce back this year. Seven new playe...

Egwu vows to make senior season count

Egwu vows to make senior season count

November 4, 2014

Illinois head coach John Groce didn’t recruit Nnanna Egwu to Champaign. Groce was the head man at Ohio when Egwu committed to former Illini coach Bruce Weber in 2009. But now, Groce, beginning his third season coaching the 6-foot-11 center at Illinois, is running out of superlatives to describe Egwu and th...

After transfer year, Cosby is ready to go for Illinois basketball

After transfer year, Cosby is ready to go for Illinois basketball

November 4, 2014

Aaron Cosby has always been a stellar shooter. But when Cosby arrived at Illinois, there was something that may have stood out to head coach John Groce, other than his shot. “When he came in here, I didn’t think he competed every day,” Groce said. “I thought he was a pick and choose guy.” Af...

With Leron Black, future could be now for Illinois basketball

With Leron Black, future could be now for Illinois basketball

By Sean Neumann

November 4, 2014

The future of Illini basketball might be here already, and its name is “Savage.” Freshman Leron Black — who was given the ferocious nickname for his aggressive rebounding — is expecting to get playing time this season and said that the media spotlight surrounding Big Ten basketball won’t be a tough...

Big Ten Basketball Preview

By Sam Sherman

November 4, 2014

Illinois Head Coach: John Groce Record: 20-15, 7-11 Big Ten Postseason Finish: Lost in second round of NIT Key Losses: Joseph Bertrand, Jon Ekey, Tracy Abrams (Torn ACL) Key Returners: Rayvonte Rice, Nnanna Egwu Key Additions: Leron Black, Ahmad Starks, Aaron Cosby, Michael Finke From The Coach: “I ...

Social media gets frigid for ALS

Social media gets frigid for ALS

By Emma Goodwin

September 2, 2014

During an extremely hot summer that has extended into our first few weeks on campus, I was entirely relieved when — just as my air conditioning broke — I was nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. While the rampant fundraiser hit its peak a little more than a week ago, it has inevit...