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If Illini reach potential, they will be a tournament team

Illinois head coach John Groce will host top point guard recruit Jalen Brunson this weekend. The visit is the first of five recruits to visit this fall. Brunson is choosing between Illinois, Michigan State, Purdue, Temple and Villanova.
November 4, 2014

Last season, Illinois basketball was defined by a series of “ifs”. The 2013-14 Illini had nine newcomers on its roster, and head coach John Groce had to throw his unbalanced roster together and do...

A brief look at Illinois basketball’s 2013-14 season

Illinois’ Jon Ekey rises for a layup against Iowa at State Farm Center, on Feb. 1. Ekey hit a buzzer-beater to beat the Hawkeyes on Saturday.
March 31, 2014

September 28 - Illinois basketball opens its practice season with an outdoor scrimmage at the corner of Wright and Green streets following the Dad’s Day football game.  October 17 - Illinois hosts its...

Jon Ekey leaves a permanent mark on Illinois

Jon Ekey
March 12, 2014

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance...

Illinois basketball prepares for Indiana, Big Ten Tournament

Illinois’ Jon Ekey rises for a layup against Iowa at State Farm Center, on Feb. 1. Ekey hit a buzzer-beater to beat the Hawkeyes on Saturday.
March 11, 2014

Jon Ekey’s last-second shot to sink Iowa on Saturday was a thrill Illinois basketball hadn’t felt in nearly a year. Nothing quite compares to the jubilation of winning a game in the final second of...

Illinois ends regular season on high note after upset victory over Iowa

Illinois ends regular season on high note after upset victory over Iowa
March 10, 2014

Jon Ekey didn’t have an ideal senior night.  Ekey finished with four points on 0-for-3 shooting from behind the arc in an 84-53 beating against Michigan. That’s not how any senior wants to go out....

Joseph Bertrand says goodbye to State Farm Center

Illinois' Joseph Bertrand (2) holds an injured leg during the game against No. 12 Michigan, at State Farm Center, on Tuesday, March 4. The Illini lost 84-53.
March 5, 2014

Joseph Bertrand walked through the handshake line muttering “good game” to Michigan basketball players. Hours earlier he had walked across the same court with his mom and his brother at his side. Tuesday...

Illinois men’s basketball blown out by No. 12 Michigan

Illinois' Tracy Abrams (13) dunks under Michigan's Glen Robinson III (1) during their game at State Farm Center, on Tuesday, March 4. The Illini lost 84-53.
March 5, 2014

No. 12 Michigan only needed two points in the second half to beat Illinois and win an outright Big Ten Championship. It scored 32. After holding four straight opponents below 50 points, the Illinois defense...

Disparity of talent apparent in Illinois’ loss to Michigan

Disparity of talent apparent in Illinois’ loss to Michigan
March 5, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team entered Tuesday night’s matchup against No. 12 Michigan riding a three-game winning streak while allowing 50 points or less in its last four contests. It allowed...

Bertrand shined despite never being a star

Illinois Joseph Bertrand jumps over his opponent for the layup during the Fighting Illini’s win over Georgia Tech at State Farm Center, on Nov. 28, 2012.
March 4, 2014

Joseph Bertrand is one of the most unique players in Illinois basketball history. The 6-foot-6 guard doesn’t have statistics that are going to blow anyone away. Bertrand has never averaged double-digit...

Ekey says goodbye to State Farm Center after 1 year

Illinois’ Jon Ekey drives to the hoop during the game against Michigan State at the Breslin Student Events Center on Saturday.
March 4, 2014

Joseph Bertrand remembers playing against Jon Ekey in November of 2011. Illinois travelled to Cancun, Mexico, to play in the Cancun Challenge over Thanksgiving break. They traveled all the way to Mexico...

Illini freshmen lead men’s basketball to 60-49 win over Nebraska

Illinois Kendrick Nunn protects the ball during the game against Nebraska at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2013. The Illini won 60-49.
February 27, 2014

On Wednesday night, freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill showed the fans at State Farm Center that the future is bright for Illinois basketball. Nunn and Hill led the way to a 60-49 win over Nebraska...

Struggling Illinois men’s basketball team heads to Minnesota

Illinois' Tracy Abrams (13) attempts a complicated shot during the game against No. 22 Ohio State at State Farm Center on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. The Illini lost 48-39.
February 19, 2014

If you ask head coach John Groce, the Illinois men’s basketball team is executing its offense better than it was in December. But you wouldn’t know it from comparing the offensive statistics of nonconference...

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