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Illinois' head coach John Groce claps after a Michigan turnover during the game at United Center in Chicago, Illinois during the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, March 12, 2015. 

LoVett snub a reminder of Groce’s point guard problem

By Alex Roux May 25, 2015

Late Wednesday evening, Illinois men’s basketball fans were issued an uncomfortable reminder.Like a mountain of dirty dishes that eventually becomes too big to ignore, Illini fans were forced to stare...

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...

Illinois guard Deron Williams drives to the basket against Wake Forest’s Chris Paul.

Hometown Illini players reflect on historic 2004-05 season

March 17, 2015

Despite being young at the time, former Champaign Centennial stars and now Illinois basketball players Rayvonte Rice and Michael Finke remember the 2004-05 basketball season like it was yesterday.  While...

Where are they now: 2004-05 Illini basketball players and coaches

Where are they now: 2004-05 Illini basketball players and coaches

March 17, 2015

It has been an eventful 10 years since the 2004-05 Illinois men’s basketball team made it to the NCAA championship game. Much has changed at Illinois in those 10 years. But what have the players and...

Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) attempts to get past Michigan's defense during the game at United Center in Chicago, Illinois during the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The Illini lost 73-55.

Illinois basketball eliminated early from Big Ten tournament

By Sean Neumann March 12, 2015

CHICAGO — The spark wouldn’t stay lit for the Illini and their Big Ten tournament run ended as quickly as it began Thursday. Their NCAA tournament hopes likely died along with it.   Illinois was...

Illinois' head coach John Groce reacts to the officials after calling a timeout during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Jan. 18. The Illini lost 80-74.

Illinois basketball still clinging to NCAA tournament hopes

By Sean Neumann March 3, 2015

The Illini men’s basketball team has just two games left to make a final push to the NCAA tournament.  Trying to avoid back-to-back trips to the NIT, Illinois looks to close out the season with back-to-back...

Big Ten basketball power rankings: Week of March 3

By Daily Illini Staff Report March 3, 2015

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini basketball staff ranks the basketball teams in the Big Ten 1-14 and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings. 1. MARYLAND (Last week: 3) The...

Spartans coach Tom Izzy talking to Brandon Dawson during last season's Illinois-Michigan State game at State Farm Center

Izzo, Groce: Big Ten deserves respect

By Sean Neumann February 24, 2015

Tom Izzo looked out of breath when he arrived to talk with reporters following Michigan State’s 60-53 win over Illinois on Sunday. The Spartans’ head coach sat down, shook his head and gave a laugh...

Members of the Orange Krush attempt to distract Rapheal Davis while he inbounds the ball during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Jan. 21. The Illini won 66-57.

Illini basketball looks for fourth-straight win Thursday

By Sean Neumann February 12, 2015

Illinois basketball’s loss to Michigan was the most heartbreaking of the season. It’s one the Illini are looking to avenge, and there might not be a better time to do it. The team dropped the last...

Pivotal game awaits Illinois basketball against Michigan State

Pivotal game awaits Illinois basketball against Michigan State

February 6, 2015

If you take a quick look at Saturday’s matchup between Michigan State and Illinois on paper, it’s difficult to be optimistic about the Illini’s chances.  The game is at Michigan State and John...

Illinois’ Jaylon Tate goes up for a shot during the game against Rutgers at State Farm Center on Tuesday. Tate led the team with six assists.

Tate’s assists help spread Illini basketball offense

By Sean Neumann February 5, 2015

Jaylon Tate can dish it out. The Illini point guard has proven his ability to pass the ball all season, leading the Illini with 82 assists. The point guard added six assists in Tuesday night’s 66-54...

Malcolm Hill has emerged as a leader and point-scorer for the Illini men’s basketball in the absence of Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby.

Illini of the Week Feb. 4: Malcolm Hill

February 4, 2015

Editor’s Note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and...

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