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Coleman-Lands arrives ahead of schedule as Illini crush UIS

Coleman-Lands arrives ahead of schedule as Illini crush UIS

By Alex Roux

November 10, 2015


Filed under Sports

Illinois delivering a beatdown in its first and only exhibition game to Division-II Illinois-Springfield Sunday was expected.The Prairie Stars put pressure on the Illini at times, but didn’t have the talent to keep up for a full 40 minutes. Illinois won 104-68 in the first game at its temporary home away from...

Coleman-Lands leads Illini men's basketball past UIS in lone exhibition

Coleman-Lands leads Illini men's basketball past UIS in lone exhibition

By Alex Roux

November 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

Illinois was struggling early in Springfield.Tied 23-23 with Division II Illinois-Springfield in the first half of their lone exhibition game of the season, the Illini needed somebody to get it going offensively. Freshman Jalen Coleman-Lands — in his first public action since recovering from a...

Groce hosts recruit after Illini hoops scrimmage

Groce hosts recruit after Illini hoops scrimmage

By Alex Roux

October 27, 2015


Filed under Sports

Just when you thought you could shift your attention to this year’s Illini basketball team, head coach John Groce arranged an 11th-hour recruiting visit.My man Derek Piper over at Scout.com dropped a Twitter bomb Sunday evening, reporting that former Tulane commit Kipper Nichols was on the Illinoi...

Two Illini targets transfer as season draws closer

Two Illini targets transfer as season draws closer

By Alex Roux

October 19, 2015


Filed under Sports

As the leaves turn and the sun sets earlier with each passing day, college hoops fans’ mindsets shift from recruiting watch to game mode.Especially at Illinois, especially this year. The fall early signing period begins just three weeks from Wednesday, and the Illini’s first game is two days aft...

As injuries mount, Illini basketball’s prospects grows murkier

As injuries mount, Illini basketball’s prospects grows murkier

By Alex Roux

October 13, 2015


Filed under Sports

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...

Simpson decision re-opens old wounds, but other targets remain

Simpson decision re-opens old wounds, but other targets remain

By Alex Roux

September 10, 2015


Filed under Sports

Maybe I should save myself some time.You see, when a high-profile Illinois basketball recruit sets a date and time to announce his college decision, I have to be prepared. I’ll write two stories in advance of the announcement — one will say the recruit picked the Illini, the other will sa...

Groce set to host a double dose of Xavier

Groce set to host a double dose of Xavier

By Alex Roux

August 25, 2015


Filed under Sports

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...

Opening weekend for Illinois basketball comes on the heels of signing day

Opening weekend for Illinois basketball comes on the heels of signing day

November 13, 2014


Filed under Uncategorized

As if on cue, cold weather has arrived to remind us that basketball season is here. And yes, Illinois football has a very real chance of making a bowl game this season as winter approaches. But it’s Illini basketball that’s on everyone’s minds mid-November. I’d even go as far as to compare th...

Illini basketball signs four as signing period opens

November 13, 2014


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By Nicholas Fortin Staff writer The Illinois men’s basketball team just got a whole lot deeper. The Illini, who will return 12 players next year, had four players sign national letters of intent to play for Illinois on Wednesday. Transfer Darius Paul joined high school seniors Jalen Coleman-Lands, Aaron ...

It’s time to focus on this year’s team

It’s time to focus on this year’s team

October 22, 2014


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Is anyone else ready for basketball season to start? I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to watch actual Illinois basketball, featuring actual Illini players. You can only do so many fantasy projections of lineups two years down the road, happily plugging in every five-star recruit on John Groce’s...

Elijah Thomas commits to Texas A&M over Illinois, others

Elijah Thomas commits to Texas A&M over Illinois, others

October 22, 2014


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Elijah Thomas, the No. 29 player in the Class of 2015 according to ESPN.com, has committed to Texas A&M over Illinois and three other schools. The 6-foot-9 forward picked the Aggies over the Illini, LSU, SMU and Oklahoma State. Thomas’ recruitment had many Illini fans hopeful that he would end ...

Catching up with Elijah Thomas

Catching up with Elijah Thomas

October 9, 2014


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During this roller coaster of a recruiting season, no Illini recruit has been more fun to follow than Elijah Thomas. Sure, Illinois fans received the best news of the fall so far when Jalen Coleman-Lands committed to John Groce on Sept. 23, but Coleman-Lands’ recruiting saga had a more toned-down approach than...

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