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Illini basketball’s fight not enough against Villanova

Illini basketball’s fight not enough against Villanova

December 10, 2014

As Illinois’ 73-59 defeat at the hands of No. 7 Villanova played out, it became clear that we’ve seen this movie before. The script unfolded in a similar fashion to last week’s loss to Miami. The Illini fell behind by double digits in the first half, then scraped back into the game multiple times, ...

Jimmy V Classic holds special significance for Hill

Jimmy V Classic holds special significance for Hill

December 9, 2014

Every year, the Jimmy V Classic takes on a little extra meaning in the world of sports. Named in honor of legendary college basketball coach Jim Valvano, the Classic raises millions of dollars for cancer research each year. Valvano died of cancer in 1993.  Illinois faces Villanova on Tuesday night at Madison Square ...

Illinois muscles past American in weekend tune-up

Illinois muscles past American in weekend tune-up

December 6, 2014

In an afternoon that saw ranked teams like Michigan and Miami fall at home in upsets, Illinois basketball avoided that same fate. The No. 24 Illini methodically took care of American University in a 70-55 win Saturday at State Farm Center. What John Groce’s squad lacked in spectacle they made up for wi...