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Groce must get creative to counter interior mismatches against Purdue

Groce must get creative to counter interior mismatches against Purdue

By Alex Roux

January 10, 2016


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There are bad matchups in college basketball, and then there are catastrophic ones.The way Illinois stacks up against No. 20 Purdue falls under the latter category.The Boilermakers visit State Farm Center Sunday, bringing their trio of towering big men with them. At 7 feet, 260 pounds, AJ Hammons is an e...

As injuries mount, Illini basketball’s prospects grows murkier

As injuries mount, Illini basketball’s prospects grows murkier

By Alex Roux

October 13, 2015


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Tweet: With the season a month away, Leron Black’s injury casts further uncertainty on upcoming #Illini seasonHead coach John Groce was about six minutes into his eight-minute opening statement at Illinois Media Day last Thursday when he dropped the latest injury bomb to hit Illini basketball.Sophomo...

Illini hoops recruiting settles into a lull

Illini hoops recruiting settles into a lull

By Alex Roux

October 6, 2015


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For the first time since classes started, a weekend devoid of any basketball recruiting visits came and went on the Illinois campus.Sometimes recruits take official visits, other times they’re unofficial. We’ve seen them scheduled far in advance, and others have materialized at what seems like the...

Illinois upsets No. 11 Maryland behind inspired, intense play

Illinois upsets No. 11 Maryland behind inspired, intense play

January 8, 2015


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In one play, Illinois senior center Nnanna Egwu personified the toughness and grit his team showed all game in a 64-57 win over No. 11 Maryland on Wednesday night at State Farm Center. It came when the Illini led 52-39 with 5:30 left to play, when no sane Illinois fan could feel completely comfortab...

Illinois must kick Michigan while it’s down

Illinois must kick Michigan while it’s down

December 30, 2014


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Michigan basketball is an afterthought for Wolverine fans right now, and it should be.  Michigan is currently struggling mightily, having lost four of its last five games as it enters Big Ten play with a 7-5 record. Two of those losses were highly publicized, highly embarrassing home defeats to NJIT...

Illini basketball’s fight not enough against Villanova

Illini basketball’s fight not enough against Villanova

December 10, 2014


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As Illinois’ 73-59 defeat at the hands of No. 7 Villanova played out, it became clear that we’ve seen this movie before. The script unfolded in a similar fashion to last week’s loss to Miami. The Illini fell behind by double digits in the first half, then scraped back into the game multiple times, ...