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Lineup change gives Hill and Nunn a boost of confidence

February 12, 2014

Malcolm Hill gets nervous before each basketball game. He always has. But rarely has he ever felt nervous on the court. That is, until this year. Early in his first season at Illinois, he felt nervous about making plays and making mistakes. State Farm Center and its 16,000 fans can do that to a fres...

Illinois snaps losing streak with win over Penn State

Illinois snaps losing streak with win over Penn State

February 10, 2014

After Illinois’ loss to Wisconsin last week, John Groce said his staff was trying anything and everything to get out of an eight-game rut. Groce proved it by changing up his starting lineup Sunday for the first time all season. The decision paid off. Freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill were inserted into the ...

Nunn, freshmen help end Illinois beat Penn State to end losing streak

Nunn, freshmen help end Illinois beat Penn State to end losing streak

February 10, 2014

Illinois men’s basketball head coach John Groce isn’t scared to shake things up. His team ended its longest losing streak since 1973-74 because of it. Illinois eked past Penn State 60-55 on Sunday in a game where Groce threw out everything but the kitchen sink to get the victory. Groce sent a me...

Northwestern scrapes out an ugly 49-43 win over Illinois

January 13, 2014

EVANSTON, Ill. — In a game that was begging for someone to step up, it was Northwestern’s Tre Demps who sunk Illinois with a trio of late threes in a 49-43 win on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The sophomore hit three shots from behind the arc in a three-minute span to give Northwestern a seven-point advan...

Illinois defeats Penn State 75-55

By Johnathan Hettinger

January 5, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team overcame an early challenge from Penn State to defeat the Nittany Lions 75-55 on Saturday at State Farm Center, but the turning point in the game wasn’t a basketball play; instead it was a skirmish that occurred with 8:38 remaining that cleared both the Illinois and Penn State...

Illinois honors former players with Braggin’ Rights win

Illinois honors former players with Braggin’ Rights win

By Johnathan Hettinger

December 22, 2013

ST. LOUIS — After Joseph Bertrand carried the Braggin’ Rights trophy off the court for the first time in his five-year Illini career, he couldn’t help but do a bit of bragging. “U mad?” Bertrand, who redshirted his freshman year, tweeted at former classmates Tyler Griffey, D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul, who went 0-4 in Braggin’ Rights games ...

Illinois struggles with Dartmouth late, wins 72-65

Illinois struggles with Dartmouth late, wins 72-65

By Johnathan Hettinger

December 11, 2013

Illinois’ final home tune-up was going just the way it was supposed to. With 9:56 remaining in the second half Tuesday night, the Illini led the Big Green of Dartmouth 56-39, a game-high 17 points. Illinois head coach John Groce put in his reserves, and things started to head south. Dartmouth started ...

Offensive rebounding key to success for Illinois men’s basketball

Offensive rebounding key to success for Illinois men’s basketball

By Johnathan Hettinger

December 5, 2013

Illinois basketball head coach John Groce can’t control whether shots go in. He knows that some days shots fall and some days they don’t. But he also knows two things that his team can control — defense and rebounding — and if they control those areas, the team will have success regardless of whet...

Illinois men’s basketball goes 3-0 over break

By Johnathan Hettinger and Sean Hammond

December 2, 2013

Fall break wasn’t much of a break for the Illinois men’s basketball team. It wasn’t easy, but the Illini survived three close games against Chicago State, UNLV and IPFW to improve to 7-0. The Illini had a different savior in each game. Jon Ekey, forward, hit five threes and added an emphatic put-back slam ...

Illinois men’s basketball hits the road vs. UNLV

Illinois men’s basketball hits the road vs. UNLV

By Johnathan Hettinger

November 26, 2013

The season only gets tougher from here for the Illinois men’s basketball team. After starting 5-0, the Illini will leave the friendly confines of State Farm Center for three of its next four games, kicking off the stretch with a trip to Las Vegas to play UNLV on Tuesday. For a team with seven play...

Ekey lights it up again as Illinois tops Chicago State

November 23, 2013

New game, new opponent, same Jon Ekey. The senior forward hit another five threes and added an emphatic put-back slam in a 77-53 Illini win over Chicago State. Ekey’s 19-point performance equaled his 19-point outburst against Bradley just five days earlier. Ekey finished five-of-eight from behind the arc and seve...

Illinois men’s basketball hosts Chicago State

By Johnathan Hettinger

November 21, 2013

After Illinois defeated Jacksonville State 86-62 on Nov. 10, head coach John Groce wasn’t happy. His team had just defeated an inferior opponent, but what stood out to him was the rebounding margin. The smaller, Ohio Valley opponent had grabbed 44 rebounds to Illinois’ 37, including 19 on the offe...

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