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Michigan blasts Illinois in Big Ten tournament

Michigan blasts Illinois in Big Ten tournament

March 12, 2015

When I left the United Center in December following Oregon’s 77-70 defeat of Illinois, I thought that Illini fans couldn’t possibly leave that building feeling any worse than they did that night. I was wrong.  Michigan crushed Illinois, 73-55, in an 8-seed vs. 9-seed matchup at the Big Ten tourn...

Orange Krush embarked on its annual road trip, taking in a loss at Iowa

Iowa fans weren't too thrilled when Orange Krush members pulled off their black and yellow garb to reveal orange at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, on Wednesday. Krush chose Thursday's game against the Hawkeyes for its annual road trip.

February 27, 2015

Much like Illinois’ 2014-15 basketball season, Wednesday’s Orange Krush road trip to watch the Illini take on Iowa in Iowa City didn’t exactly go according to plan. And I’m not just referring to the 68-60 defeat Illinois (17-11, 7-5 Big Ten) suffered at the hands of the Hawkeyes (18-10, 9-6)....

Illinois captures 59-54 win at Michigan State

Michigan State's Lourawls Nairn Jr. drives by Illinois' Ahmad Starks for a score in the first half on Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. The Illini won, 59-54. 

February 7, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Even during the flow of the game, where players sometimes lose track of details, Illinois guard Malcolm Hill noticed something amiss with Michigan State's free-throw shooting.  "There were times where it seems like even the Michigan State players were surprised (at the misses...

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 Groce’s Illini squad has had real trouble away from home all season. Illinois is 1-5 in true road ...

Illini basketball heads to Michigan State

February 6, 2015

Malcolm Hill fondly remembers the last time the Illinois men’s basketball team was in East Lansing, Mich. Hill recalled enjoying the arena and the energy of the opposing fans. Most importantly, he remembered scoring 10 points in Illinois’ 53-46 win over Michigan State.  “It was a fun experienc...

Tate’s assists help spread Illini basketball offense

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.

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 win over Rutgers, helping spread the team’s offensive production on a night where four Illini scored in...

Illini of the Week Feb. 4: Malcolm Hill

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.

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 contribution to team success.  As Malcolm Hill caught the pass from Jaylon Tate and surveyed the defens...

Illinois rolls past Rutgers behind Nunn, Hill

Illinois rolls past Rutgers behind Nunn, Hill

February 4, 2015

In Illinois’ 66-54 win over Rutgers Tuesday night, Malcolm Hill and Kendrick Nunn did what they’ve been doing for almost the entire Big Ten season.  They carried the Illini from start to finish. Hill had 15 points, Nunn had 21, and the sophomore studs accumulated their points in a variety of w...

Illini host Scarlet Knights

Illinois' Malcolm Hill draws a foul during the game against Kennesaw State at State Farm Center on Dec. 27. Hill has been a strong asset to the team in the midst of injuries and suspensions, averaging 14.6 points per game.

February 3, 2015

Malcolm Hill knows not to overlook Big Ten opponents. The Illinois men’s basketball team (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten) has already dealt with a loss to Minnesota, a team that was 1-6 in conference coming into its game against Illinois. So when Illinois plays Rutgers on Tuesday night at State Farm Center, both ...

Layup in final seconds gives Illini 60-58 win

Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) drives into the paint before making the game-winning basket during the game against Penn State at State Farm Center on Jan. 31, 2015. The Illini won 60-58.

By Sean Neumann

January 31, 2015

Malcolm Hill turned off a double team with just seconds remaining and drove to the basket. The baby-face sophomore had already given his Illini team all he could: 25 points, four rebounds, 37 minutes on the floor. But like a veteran, he drove to the rim one last time.   The right-handed sophomore w...

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:...

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...

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