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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...

Groce must get creative to counter interior mismatches against Purdue

John Groce patrolling the sideline during Illinois' 78-68 loss to Michigan at State Farm Center on Wednesday. Groce's team fell to 0-2 in Big Ten play after losing to Ohio State on Sunday.

By Alex Roux

January 10, 2016

There are bad matchups in college basketball, and then there are catastrophic ones.The way Illinois stacks up against No. 20 Purdue falls under the latter category.The Boilermakers visit State Farm Center Sunday, bringing their trio of towering big men with them. At 7 feet, 260 pounds, AJ Hammons is an e...

Braggin’ Rights game will be special, as always

Missouri's Johnathan Williams III reaches for a loose ball against Illinois' Kendrick Nunn and Jon Ekey in the second half of the 2013 Braggin' Rights game at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Illinois won last year's eidtion, 65-64. The teams will meet again Saturday.

December 20, 2014

As Illinois head coach John Groce has said, when it comes to the Braggin’ Rights game, you can throw the teams’ records out the window.  Illinois enters the annual contest at 8-3, while Missouri sits at a mediocre 5-5. But everyone knows both squads will bring it when they meet in St. Louis for...