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Illinois basketball should be fresh after week off

Illinois' Kendrick Nunn (25) attempts a shot during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Jan. 21, 2015. The Illini won 66-57.

January 30, 2015

For Illinois head coach John Groce and his team, a week off couldn’t have come at a better time.  The Illini have been battered and bruised all season. Starting point guard Tracy Abrams is out for the year with a torn ACL. Leading scorer Rayvonte Rice and junior shooting guard Aaron Cosby have miss...

The numbers behind Illini basketball’s Big Ten struggles

The numbers behind Illini basketball’s Big Ten struggles

January 29, 2015

For the Illinois men’s basketball team, the keys to winning in the Big Ten are simple: defense and rebounding. Although the Illini may know the right formula, neither of head coach John Groce’s first two seasons were a cakewalk in conference play. “We just have to do what we’ve been doing the last two games:...

Second-half runs hurting Illini basketball

Illinois' Kendrick Nunn (25) attempts to stop Indiana's Yogi Ferrell's (11) attempt on basket during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Jan. 18, 2015. The Illini lost 80-74.

By Sean Neumann

January 27, 2015

Staying in games has been an issue for the Illinois basketball team all season. The Illini have been falling behind late in games since conference play began, especially coming off a string of injuries that saw top scorer and rebounder Rayvonte Rice go down with a broken hand just before junior guard Aaron C...

Illini basketball adds student manager to active roster

Illini basketball adds student manager to active roster

January 26, 2015

No one expected it, least of all Ryan Schmidt. Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce announced Friday that because of the Illini’s injuries, the team would add student manager Ryan Schmidt to the roster, a move no one would have expected at the beginning of the year. Before the season, Groce ...

Short-handed Illini basketball can’t run with Gophers

Illinois' Jaylon Tate (1) attempts to save the ball from going out of bounds during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Jan. 21, 2015. The Illini won 66-57.

January 25, 2015

Illinois played hard at Minnesota but sputtered in the second half and ran out of gas Saturday afternoon. The Gophers (13-8, 2-6 Big Ten) won their second conference game of the season, 79-71, over an Illinois squad (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten) that had a tough time keeping up due to its depleted roster and limit...

Illinois women’s basketball preparing for rivalry game

Illinois' Amarah Coleman (10) attempts a layup during the game against Memphis at the State Farm Center on Thursday, November 20. The Illini won 60-58.

January 22, 2015

When Northwestern comes into State Farm Center on Thursday night, it should be a matchup between two teams in similar situations, as both the Wildcats and the Illini are in need of a conference win. The Illinois women’s basketball team enters the game at 2-4 in conference play, while the Wildcats s...

Nunn, Cosby shine as Illinois basketball edges Northwestern

Nunn, Cosby shine as Illinois basketball edges Northwestern

January 15, 2015

Illinois’ 72-67 victory over Northwestern Wednesday night wasn’t perfect.  Wins against the Wildcats (10-7, 1-3 Big Ten) haven’t come easy lately, especially at Welsh-Ryan Arena. This one came down to the wire, with both teams exchanging free throws near the end as Northwestern hung around unt...

Illinois basketball wins behind solid shooting from Nunn and Cosby

Illinois' Jaylon Tate (1) and Aaron Cosby (11) react after a stoppage in play during the game against Maryland at State Farm Center on Jan. 7, 2015. The Illini won 64-57.

January 15, 2015

EVANSTON, Ill. — Although sophomore guard Malcolm Hill only finished Wednesday night’s game with eight points, it was the sophomore guard’s final two points that were the most important. Hill’s two free throws gave the Illinois men’s basketball team a 72-67 lead that would serve as the final scor...

Second-half turnovers sink Illinois Basketball at Ohio State

Ohio State's Jae'Sean Tate (1) and Illinois' Ahmad Starks battle for a lose ball during the first half at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2014. The host Buckeyes won, 77-61.

January 4, 2015

You could sense it coming.  Illinois (10-5 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) clung to a narrow lead for most of the first 25 minutes of Saturday’s 77-61 loss to No. 20 Ohio State (12-3, 1-1), but once the Buckeyes turned up the heat defensively, the Illini melted.  Effective 3-point shooting sparked Illinoi...

Illinois basketball did everything in final nonconference game

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) draws contact while attempting a shot during the game against Kennesaw State at State Farm Center on Dec. 27, 2014. The Illini won 93-45.

December 28, 2014

Illinois did everything you could ask of it during its 93-45 demolition of Kennesaw State on Saturday night.  The Illini scored at will, getting efficient looks while shooting 55.4 percent overall from the field. Rayvonte Rice led the way with 21 points on 7-for-7 shooting. Sixteen of his points ca...

Despite career game, Illini basketball’s Hill not happy

Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) attempts a contested shot during the game against American at State Farm Center, on Dec.6, 2014. The Illini won 70-55.

December 11, 2014

Malcolm Hill didn’t lift his gaze from the microphone while he spoke about the best game of his career. The sophomore forward seemed sad in his postgame interview Tuesday night even after recording a career-high 20 points, because his team-leading point total wasn’t enough to help Illinois in a 73-59 l...

Illini basketball faces physical Indiana State in Las Vegas

Illinois' head coach John Groce looks towards the score board during the game against Brown at State Farm Center, on Nov. 24, 2014. The Illini won 89-68.

November 27, 2014

Despite playing in Las Vegas, the Illinois men’s basketball team will feel right at home. The Illini (4-0) will head across the country for the first time this season to play in the Las Vegas Invitational. Illinois will play Indiana State (3-1) on Thursday in a matchup that head coach John Groce sa...

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