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If Illini reach potential, they will be a tournament team

If Illini reach potential, they will be a tournament team

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 what he could to help them succeed. After suffering an eight-game losing streak in Big Ten play, the Ill...

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

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

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 annual Orange and Blue Scrimmage. November 8 - The Illini open the season with an 80-63 win over A...

Jon Ekey leaves a permanent mark on Illinois

Jon Ekey leaves a permanent mark on Illinois

By Johnathan Hettinger

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 and contribution to team success. Jon Ekey has always been a procrastinator. He waits until the last m...

Illinois basketball prepares for Indiana, Big Ten Tournament

Illinois basketball prepares for Indiana, Big Ten Tournament

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 play. The win puts the Illini in a position similar to where they were a year ago. Illinois will p...

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. When Ekey was given another shot on Iowa’s senior night, he made sure to go out in style. Behind...

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

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

By Johnathan Hettinger

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 got burned for 52 points in the first half. The Wolverines came out hitting on all cylinders, s...

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 52 points in the first half alone. Lack of defense and talent doomed Illinois in an 84-53 loss at the h...

Joseph Bertrand says goodbye to State Farm Center

Joseph Bertrand says goodbye to State Farm Center

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 night was senior night at State Farm Center for the fifth-year veteran. The cheer from the orang...

Bertrand shined despite never being a star

Bertrand shined despite never being a star

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 points or even five rebounds per game in any season in his career. He’s also never averaged a block ...

Ekey says goodbye to State Farm Center after 1 year

Ekey says goodbye to State Farm Center after 1 year

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 and ended up facing a team that plays its home games 45 minutes from campus. Bertrand’s Illini ...

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

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

By Johnathan Hettinger

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 by scoring 13 and 10 points, respectively. Nunn shot 4-for-6 and 3-for-4 beyond the arc, while Hi...

Struggling Illinois men’s basketball team heads to Minnesota

Struggling Illinois men’s basketball team heads to Minnesota

By Johnathan Hettinger

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 and conference play. Illinois scored a season-low 39 points against Ohio State on Saturda...

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