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Illinois falls to Northwestern after being stifled on final play

Illinois' head coach John Groce reacts to a play on court during last season's 86-80 Illini win over Northwestern. His team dropped a 58-56 game to the Wildcats on Saturday night.

By Alex Roux

February 14, 2016

There was a second half full of runs in Saturday night’s nail-biter between Illinois and Northwestern, and the Wildcats had the last one.More specifically, Northwestern’s Tre Demps had the last run all by himself. Demps nailed four straight 3-pointers in the second half of his team’s...

Battered and bruised Illini get extra time off to regroup

Illinois' Malcolm Hill brings the ball up the court during the game against Ohio State at the State Farm Center on Thursday, January 28. The Illini lost in overtime 68-63.

By Eli Schwadron

February 10, 2016

It’s no secret: The Illinois basketball team has been riddled with injuries and sickness since the start of the 2015-16 season.With one week between games and a couple days off from practice during that span, Illinois (11-13, 3-8 Big Ten) has the opportunity to heal, regroup and prepare for its Sat...

Illinois dismantled by No. 5 Iowa, 77-65

Illini center Maverick Morgan grabs a rebound during the Illini's 77-65 loss to Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 7 at State Farm Center. 

By Alex Roux

February 7, 2016

Tweet: Iowa is a far superior team, and the Hawkeyes dismantled Illinois Sunday, writes @aroux94The red flags appeared early.Illinois missed a combination of six layups and inside looks in the first ten minutes of Sunday’s game against No. 5 Iowa, setting the tone for the Hawkeyes’ eventual 77-6...

Illinois edges Rutgers in triple overtime behind Hill's 32 points

By Eli Schwadron

February 4, 2016

It took three overtimes for the Illini to finish off the worst team in the conference.Illinois (11-12, 3-7 Big Ten) beat Rutgers (6-17, 0-10 Big Ten) 110-101 in a sloppy-yet-entertaining contest between two Big Ten bottom-feeders. Junior guard Malcolm Hill dropped 32 points, snagged 14 rebounds and dish...

Illinois escapes bonkers affair in triple overtime at Rutgers

Malcolm Hill (21) rises up for jumper during Illinois' 68-63 loss to Ohio State on Thursday, Jan. 28 at State Farm Center. Hill shot 3-for-14 and Illinois went 18-for-56 from the field in the overtime defeat.

By Alex Roux

February 4, 2016

Someone had to win Wednesday evening between Illinois and Rutgers, even if it looked for most of the game like neither team wanted to. After coming within a free throw of defeat at the end of regulation and hemorrhaging away a seven-point lead with under a minute left in the first of three overtimes,...

Illinois point guards struggling to fill Abrams’ shoes

By Joey Figueroa

February 4, 2016

tweet: #Illini point guards not quite filling the hole left by Tracy AbramsBy Joey FigueroaStaff WriterTracy Abrams has been missing from Illinois basketball's starting lineup for two seasons.It’s obvious that Abrams’ stay on the sidelines is unfortunate for all parties involved. The amo...

Between injuries and losing records, Illinois-Rutgers is the saddest game of the year

Between injuries and losing records, Illinois-Rutgers is the saddest game of the year

By Alex Roux

February 3, 2016

Tweet: The banged-up #Illini versus a terrible Rutgers team might be the saddest game you watch all year, writes hoop columnist @aroux94 I think we’ve reached the abyss.Everyone associated with Illinois basketball is about to experience exactly what college hoops irrelevancy feels like as the 10-12 Illini tr...

Free throws, rebounding haunt Illini in overtime loss to Buckeyes

Malcolm Hill (21) rises up for jumper during Illinois' 68-63 loss to Ohio State on Thursday, Jan. 28 at State Farm Center. Hill shot 3-for-14 and Illinois went 18-for-56 from the field in the overtime defeat.

By Alex Roux

January 29, 2016

Check out the radio recap by Basketball Reporter Joey Gelman hereIncredibly, the game was right there for Illinois to win Thursday.After trailing Ohio State for 22 consecutive — and mostly sloppy — minutes of basketball, the Illini capped a 13-point second half comeback by the slimme...

Illinois must build off first matchup to defeat Ohio State Thursday

Illinois' head coach John Groce checks the scoreboard late in the first half during the Illini's 78-67 loss to the Huskers at State Farm Center on Saturday, January 16.

By Alex Roux

January 27, 2016

Hey there, Ohio State. We meet again.So soon?Illinois basketball will face its first repeat opponent of the season in the Buckeyes Thursday, who are set to visit State Farm Center just over three weeks after edging the Illini 75-73 at home. Since the two teams last played Jan. 3, both lost three games,...

Finke, Morgan step up for Illini in light of Thorne Jr.'s continued absence

Illinois' Michael Finke shoots a 3-pointer during the Illini's 78-67 loss to the Huskers at State Farm Center on Saturday, January 16.

By Eli Schwadron

January 26, 2016

Tweet: [email protected]_Michael and @Maverick_Morgan combined for 23 rebounds vs. Minnesota. Next up for #Illini hoops is a matchup with @OhioStateHoopsMalcolm Hill’s turn-around jumper glanced off the front rim during the first half of Illinois’ win against Minnesota. Surrounded by three Gophers, Michael F...

KRUSH EDITION: Across enemy lines: Ohio State basketball

Ohio State's Trevor Thompson (32) and Marc Loving (2) ompete for a rebound with Grambling State's Ervin Mitchell (0) at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Nov. 17. 

By Compiled by Joey Figueroa

January 25, 2016

Editor's note: The Daily Illini sat down with Ryan Cooper, the sports editor of The Lantern, the student newspaper at Ohio State and talked about Illinois, Ohio State and how Thursday's game might go.Daily Illini: There's a decent mix of upperclassmen and lowerclassmen playing meaningful minutes on ...

Illinois and Minnesota will see who has it worse Saturday

Illinois' Malcolm Hill shoots a 3-pointer over Nebraska's Shavon Shields during the Illini's 78-67 loss to the Huskers at State Farm Center on Saturday.

By Alex Roux

January 23, 2016

Illinois has had a rough season so far on its way to a 9-10 overall record, but its opponent Saturday has been worse.Minnesota (6-13, 0-7 Big Ten) has been dreadful in Richard Pitino’s third year and is looking to snap an eight-game losing streak when it faces Illinois on Saturday night at Williams...

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