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Quality of opening weekend opponents means Illini men's basketball can’t sleepwalk.

Quality of opening weekend opponents means Illini men's basketball can’t sleepwalk.

By Alex Roux

November 11, 2015

Last season, Illinois basketball opened its schedule with two games in three days during the first weekend of the season. The Illini’s opponents? Georgia Southern and Coppin State.The 2015-16 Illini schedule sets up similarly: They open their season with games Friday and Sunday bracketing the upcoming...

Illinois basketball’s Leron Black evolves with more playing time

Illinois basketball’s Leron Black evolves with more playing time

January 28, 2015

Tola Black didn’t raise a quitter. After putting up his first-career double-double against two 7-footers from Purdue last week, freshman forward Leron Black cited his mother’s parenting as well as encouragement from the coaching staff and his fellow players as the reasons why he persevered through his...