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Even in down years, Braggin’ Rights remain sacred

The Illini men's basketball team poses with Braggin' Rights trophy after beating Missouri 62-59 in last season's edition of the rivalry game.

By Alex Roux

December 23, 2015

Tweet: Even in a down year for both teams, Braggin’ Rights remain sacred for Illini/MizzouWhen a season goes as it has so far for Illinois basketball, it can become harder to find games on the schedule with true importance and meaning.At 7-5, the Illini have suffered from some self-inflicted pain t...

Nunn, Finke establish career highs against Western Carolina

Forward Michael Finke dunks the ball during the game against Western Carolina at the State Farm Center on Saturday. Illinois won 80-68.

By Eli Schwadron

December 7, 2015

Kendrick Nunn inbounded the ball to Michael Finke with six minutes left in the first half against Western Carolina Saturday. Finke caught the ball between the top of the key and the right wing, a few feet from the red State Farm logo. The redshirt freshman immediately handed the rock back to Nunn, who...

Illini Mike Thorne Jr. has knee surgery

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Illinois' Mike Thorne Jr.(33) dunks the ball during the game against Chattanooga at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The Illini lost 81-77.

By Eli Schwadron

December 1, 2015

Center Mike Thorne Jr. had surgery on his knee for a torn meniscus Monday and is out indefinitelySO. The graduate transfer from UNC-Charlotte left the game in pain during the first half of Saturday’s matchup with Iowa State after posting 10 points and seven boards in 13 minutes.SOThorne Jr. has been a for...

Kendrick Nunn shows no signs of rust in return from thumb injury

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Illinois' Kendrick Nunn (25) looks to drive to the basket during the game against Northwestern at State Farm Center, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. The Illini won 86-60.

By Eli Schwadron

November 30, 2015

Malcolm HillCC intercepted an errant Alabama-Birmingham pass and sped up the floor. As Hill neared mid-court, he threw a bullet to Kendrick NunnCC, who caught the ball outside the three-point line, took one right-handed power dribble and exploded for a lefty dunk.Not bad for a player five weeks removed from thumb surgery on his sh...

Quality of opening weekend opponents means Illini men's basketball can’t sleepwalk.

Quality of opening weekend opponents means Illini men's basketball can’t sleepwalk.

By Alex Roux

November 12, 2015

Last season, Illinois basketball opened its schedule with two games in three days during the first weekend of the season. The Illini’s opponents? Georgia Southern and Coppin State.The 2015-16 Illini schedule sets up similarly: They open their season with games Friday and Sunday bracketing the upcoming...

Illini hoops recruiting settles into a lull

Illinois' head coach John Groce watches the exhibition game against Quincy at State Farm Center on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.The Illini won 91-62.

By Alex Roux

October 6, 2015

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...

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visits UIUC

By Connor Kennedy

September 16, 2015

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, stopped by the UIUC campus today as part of the annual back to school bus tour. This year's theme is "Ready for Success." While on campus, Duncan participated in a panel discussion with members of DRES and also interacted with the Illinois Wheelchair Basketball ...

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 ...

Orange Krush registration restructured amidst renovation

Member's of the Orange Krush attempt to distract Rapheal Davis (35) while he inbounds the ball during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Jan. 21, 2015. The Illini won 66-57.

By Alex Roux

September 16, 2015

The last time the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics moved the student section of seats for one of the two major sports on campus, it would be hard to argue that it was much of an improvement for the students themselves.In 2007, the North End Zone section opened at Memorial Stadium, and Blo...

Groce addresses Paul’s dismissal for first time

Illinois' head coach John Groce signals to his team during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Jan. 18, 2015. The Illini lost 80-74.

By Joey Figueroa

August 26, 2015

It was nothing short of a turbulent summer for Illinois athletics. While the football and women’s basketball programs handled scandals that grabbed national headlines, the men’s basketball team seemed to fall out of the spotlight following a disappointing season.But a lot can change in a few weeks.Fr...

Groce set to host a double dose of Xavier

Illinois' men's basketball head coach John Groce addresses the media at Ubben Basketball Facility in Champaign on June 29.

By Alex Roux

August 25, 2015

Most popular athletes have cool nicknames.“Air Jordan.” “King James.” Anthony “Sizzle Chest” Rizzo is my personal favorite.So when it was announced that 2016 basketball recruits Xavier Sneed and Xavier Simpson would take official visits this upcoming weekend to the Illinois campus, the lo...

From the bench: A student-manager’s view of the 2004-05 Illini

By Sean Neumann

March 17, 2015

Crossing the Mississippi River, the St. Louis Gateway Arch began to peak over I-70. To anyone else at that moment, it was just a monument. But to the Illinois basketball team, watching the 630-foot symbol rise from the river’s western bank, it meant a dream accomplished. “There’s the arch!” D...

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