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Springfield series comes to an end as Illini host Chicago State

Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) dribbles around his defender during the game against North Dakota State at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, on Sunday, November 15, 2015. The Illini won 80-74.

By Alex Roux

November 23, 2015

The Capital Games series is coming to an end.Illinois hosts Chicago State on Monday in Springfield, and you’d probably be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t relieved that it’s the Illini’s final game at Prairie Capital Convention Center. Springfield was a logical choice when looking for a ...

Chattanooga loss pushes Illinois to worst start in 50 years

By Alex Roux

November 23, 2015

Tweet: A loss to Chattanooga Saturday night cements the Illini’s worst start to a season since 1965, writes @aroux94The looks on their faces said it all.As Illinois basketball players trudged to the Prairie Capital Convention Center locker room following a 81-77 loss to Chattanooga Saturday night, t...

Illinois drops season opener to North Florida

Jalen Tate lies on the ground injured and is tended to by the trainer and head coach during the game against Northern Florida at Prairie Capitol Convention Center on Friday.

By Joey Figueroa

November 14, 2015

For the first time in 16 years, the Illinois men’s basketball team begins the season with a notch in the loss column.The crowd at Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, didn't have much to be loud about in a 93-81 Illinois loss at the hands of North Florida. It’s been four...

Point guard Lucas chooses Illinois

Illinois' head coach John Groce watches the game against Michigan at United Center in Chicago during the Big Ten Tournament on March 12. Groce hopes to strengthen his team through new players.

By Alex Roux

September 16, 2015

Te’Jon Lucas, a point guard in the 2016 class from Milwaukee, has committed to Illinois.The 6-foot, 155-pound Lucas committed to head coach John Groce and the Illini Wednesday over Old Dominion and USC. He becomes the first member of Groce’s 2016 recruiting class. Lucas announced his choice at the ...

Illini basketball to temporarily relocate to Springfield in 2015

October 30, 2014

The Illinois men's basketball team announced Thursday afternoon it will play five home games in Springfield in 2015-16. Illinois will host games at Prairie Capital Convention Center in November 2015. The team will play an exhibition game on Nov. 8 and then open the season on Nov. 13. The team will a...

The evolution of Rayvonte Rice: Proving he belongs in Big Ten

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice takes a free-throw during the first round game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament against Indiana, at Banker's Life Fieldhouse on March 13. The Illini won 64-54.

April 1, 2014

Four years ago, Rayvonte Rice wasn’t good enough to play in the Big Ten. Bruce Weber didn’t think so. Tom Izzo didn’t think so. Bo Ryan didn’t think so. Not one of the 11 Big Ten coaches offered Rice a scholarship. He was a star at Centennial High School in Champaign. He and Ohio commit James K...

Influx of new players can push Illinois to the top of the Big Ten next season

Influx of new players can push Illinois to the top of the Big Ten next season

March 31, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team teetered on the edge of success all season long. The Illini always seemed to need that extra push, that little something to put them over the top. The mid-season insertion of freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill into the starting lineup provided a momentary spark,...

Rice turns clock back to dominate nonconference opponent

Rice turns clock back to dominate nonconference opponent

March 20, 2014

Rayvonte Rice was happy to finally face a nonconference team again. Rice’s 28 points, with 20 coming in the second half, carried Illinois to a 66-62 victory over Boston in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday. Rice was really never able to adjust to the grind of the Big Ten during his first season...

Illinois, now favorites, should dominate Boston in NIT

Illinois, now favorites, should dominate Boston in NIT

March 19, 2014

Illinois is done being the underdog. The Illini have been labeled as underdogs in their past five games, at least. The stretch started with three straight games against ranked opponents and then culminated with Illinois being a 9-seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois has embraced a giant-killer’...

Illinois basketball travels to Boston for 1st round of NIT

March 19, 2014

If Illinois basketball fans need to know anything about the Boston Terriers, it’s that they shoot a lot of threes and share the ball well. The team isn’t a household name in college basketball, but John Groce and his team have been doing their homework. The Illini (19-14, 7-11 Big Ten) will travel t...

Tracy Abrams not dwelling on missed shot

Daily Illini File photo

By Johnathan Hettinger

March 19, 2014

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success. Tracy Abrams struggled to climb the stairs to the microphone in fron...

Big Ten basketball power rankings: March 18 edition

By Daily Illini Staff Report

March 18, 2014

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini basketball staff ranks the basketball teams in the Big Ten 1-12 and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings.  1. Michigan State (last week: 3)  The Spartans take over the top spot in the power rankings after winning the Big Ten Tournament this...

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