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Crime: Arrests plagued three Illini athletics programs in 2015-16

Crime: Arrests plagued three Illini athletics programs in 2015-16

May 8, 2016


Filed under Sports

The majority of Illinois student-athletes made headlines for the right reasons in 2015-16, but six arrests stained several Illini athletic programs in the last year. Four members of the Illini men’s basketball team — one third of head coach John Groce’s allotment of scholarship players – w...

Illinois, Rutgers to rematch after "classic" triple overtime game

Illinois, Rutgers to rematch after "classic" triple overtime game

By Eli Schwardon

February 15, 2016


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Tweet: #Illini and @RutgersMBB to rematch Tuesday night in Champaign after "classic" triple overtime game on Feb. 3.Illinois-Rutgers on Feb. 3 was a toddler on Red Bull in the form of a basketball game. At times, the disorganized, fast-paced affair seemed more like a Campus Recreation intramural...

Looking to avoid an Illini hoops disaster in a difficult season

Looking to avoid an Illini hoops disaster in a difficult season

By Alex Roux

January 19, 2016


Filed under Sports

At Illinois, it’s reasonable to expect the men’s basketball team to make the NCAA tournament.Barring extreme circumstances and an occasional rebuilding season, that expectation was solidified and instilled into multiple generations of Illini hoops fans over the course of nearly three decades. From ...

?A win over Michigan would put a tumultuous nonconference further behind the Illini

?A win over Michigan would put a tumultuous nonconference further behind the Illini

By Alex Roux

December 30, 2015


Filed under Sports

The story of the 2015 nonconference season has been written, and it's one Illini basketball fans would like to leave in the past.They know all about the injuries that threatened to derail the season before it barely had a chance to take shape. They remember the Springfield series that everyone beside...

Illini escape UIC, but are haunted by second-half woes again

Illini escape UIC, but are haunted by second-half woes again

By Alex Roux

December 13, 2015


Filed under Sports

Over the last five years, Illinois basketball’s annual United Center game has evolved into an experience comparable to getting a root canal or waiting in line at the DMV.It isn’t pleasant. It isn’t fun. In its last six regular season games at United Center, Illinois has: lost to UIC, lost (badly) t...

Illini to face reigning Ivy League Player of the Year on Wednesday against Yale

Illini to face reigning Ivy League Player of the Year on Wednesday against Yale

By Eli Schwadron

December 8, 2015


Filed under Sports

From his spot on the right wing, Yale point guard Makai Mason lofted a perfect pass to a cutting Nick Victor, who caught the ball mid-air at the rim. Victor failed to convert the set-play alley-oop in the second half of Yale’s win against Vermont on Saturday, but reigning Ivy League Player of the Year J...

As hype around Illini hoops fades, Illinois must use softer December slate to improve

As hype around Illini hoops fades, Illinois must use softer December slate to improve

By Alex Roux

December 5, 2015


Filed under Sports

A lot of eyes were on Illinois basketball Wednesday night.State Farm Center’s makeover was revealed, Lou Henson was honored and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge showcased the Illini against Notre Dame in primetime. A win would have injected some life into the beleaguered Illini fan base and given John Gr...

Illini Mike Thorne Jr. has knee surgery

Illini Mike Thorne Jr. has knee surgery

By Eli Schwadron

December 1, 2015


Filed under Sports

Center Mike Thorne Jr. had surgery on his knee for a torn meniscus Monday and is out indefinitelySO. The graduate transfer from UNC-Charlotte left the game in pain during the first half of Saturday’s matchup with Iowa State after posting 10 points and seven boards in 13 minutes.SOThorne Jr. has been a for...

Illini show improvement, but can’t hang with Iowa State for full 40 mintues

Illini show improvement, but can’t hang with Iowa State for full 40 mintues

By Alex Roux

November 29, 2015


Filed under Sports

Moral victories don’t count in the win-loss column.Illinois lost 84-73 to No. 4 Iowa State on Saturday night in the Emerald Coast Classic Final, dropping its record to 3-4 on the young season.But I doubt you could find an Illini basketball fan who doesn’t feel better now about John Groce’s squad...

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 12, 2015


Filed under Sports

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...

Low-post presence and outside shooting are key for Illini offense

By Eli Schwadron

November 10, 2015


Filed under Sports

Tweet: [email protected] features talent in the low post and quality outside shooting for balanced offensive attack.During Sunday’s post-game presser, Jalen Coleman-Lands donned an orange Illinois vest over a white long-sleeve shirt, a look reminiscent of the Marty McFly character in Back to the Future....

As Illini hoops season nears, some preseason takeaways can prove valuable

As Illini hoops season nears, some preseason takeaways can prove valuable

By Alex Roux

November 3, 2015


Filed under Sports

State Farm Center is coming along.One month away from its almost-but-not-totally-finished grand opening for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge between Illinois and Notre Dame, shiny new facades and a retreat of construction equipment has the home of Illini hoops looking like an actual arena again.At least fo...

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