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Following ACL tear, Abrams adjusting to the bench

Illinois' Tracy Abrams (13) attempts a layup during the first round game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament against Indiana at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, on Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014 The Illini won 64-54.

November 4, 2014

At first, Tracy Abrams didn’t think the injury was that bad. He was in shock and a few seconds later he felt the pain. “I knew something was wrong,” Abrams said. As he lay on the court near one of the baskets at Ubben Basketball complex with pain shooting through his right knee, his thoughts turned t...

10 days that defined the Illinois men’s basketball season

With renovations to State Farm Center still ongoing, the Illinois men’s basketball team will host the first-ever #ILLINIALLIN event. The event will take place at the Ubben Basketball Practice Facility on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 1-3:30 p.m. and will consist of an exclusive scrimmage only open to a select few Illini fans.

May 14, 2014

Oct. 1 — Transfer Ahmad Starks denied waiver by the NCAA to play the 2013-14 season. The guard from Oregon State who transferred to Illinois to be closer to his grandmother was told by the NCAA that he could not play this season, leaving Illinois with a hole at point guard behind starter Tracy Abr...

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

Illinois basketball faces Clemson in NIT second round

March 23, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team knows it was lucky to survive its first round NIT matchup at Boston University. The Illini rallied from a 17-point deficit Wednesday behind Rayvonte Rice’s 28 points to top the Terriers by four.  John Groce’s squad realizes it can’t expect to dig itself out o...

Rice turns clock back to dominate nonconference opponent

Rice turns clock back to dominate nonconference opponent

March 20, 2014

Rayvonte Rice was happy to finally face a nonconference team again. Rice’s 28 points, with 20 coming in the second half, carried Illinois to a 66-62 victory over Boston in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday. Rice was really never able to adjust to the grind of the Big Ten during his first season...

Jon Ekey leaves a permanent mark on Illinois

Jon Ekey

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...

Following 3 games in week, Illini basketball gets some needed rest

Illinois' Jaylon Tate (01) dribbles around a defender against Nebraska at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2013. The Illini won 60-49.

March 6, 2014

After three games in seven days, the Illini are bruised and battered. Backup point guard Jaylon Tate hurt his ankle against Michigan State on Saturday and Joseph Bertrand went down with a knee injury Tuesday, shortening his senior night short. Illinois coaches and players are not available for the media un...

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.

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

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 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

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 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

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

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