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Illini basketball's Kendrick Nunn to have thumb surgery

Illini basketball's Kendrick Nunn to have thumb surgery

By Peter Bailey-Wells

October 20, 2015

The latest Illinois basketball injury is going to have lasting effects.Junior shooting guard Kendrick Nunn will have surgery Wednesday to repair a ligament in his left thumb. He injured the thumb during practice on Oct. 13. The program initially announced Nunn's injury on Oct. 15, the same day he was sch...

As injuries mount, Illini basketball’s prospects grows murkier

As injuries mount, Illini basketball’s prospects grows murkier

By Alex Roux

October 13, 2015

Tweet: With the season a month away, Leron Black’s injury casts further uncertainty on upcoming #Illini seasonHead coach John Groce was about six minutes into his eight-minute opening statement at Illinois Media Day last Thursday when he dropped the latest injury bomb to hit Illini basketball.Sophomo...

Alabama rolls Illinois basketball in opening round of NIT

Alabama rolls Illinois basketball in opening round of NIT

March 18, 2015

We’ve seen it before with this Illinois basketball team. This season, it has become a common theme. Opponents hit them in the mouth, go on a run, the Illini fold and the game is essentially over. It just happened sooner than ever Tuesday night in an opening round NIT game against Alabama at the Cole...

Michigan blasts Illinois in Big Ten tournament

Michigan blasts Illinois in Big Ten tournament

March 12, 2015

When I left the United Center in December following Oregon’s 77-70 defeat of Illinois, I thought that Illini fans couldn’t possibly leave that building feeling any worse than they did that night. I was wrong.  Michigan crushed Illinois, 73-55, in an 8-seed vs. 9-seed matchup at the Big Ten tourn...

Illinois basketball still clinging to NCAA tournament hopes

Illinois basketball still clinging to NCAA tournament hopes

By Sean Neumann

March 3, 2015

The Illini men’s basketball team has just two games left to make a final push to the NCAA tournament.  Trying to avoid back-to-back trips to the NIT, Illinois looks to close out the season with back-to-back wins against Nebraska and Purdue this week. The Illini lost to Nebraska in mid-January in one ...

Illinois willed to victory by Rice’s return

Illinois willed to victory by Rice’s return

February 13, 2015

Rayvonte Rice is back and he made sure Michigan knew it. With every possession-ending rebound Rice ripped down in the final minutes of regulation, he sent a message to the rest of the Big Ten about the type of impact he can have on Illinois’ play. Despite scoring just four points on 2-of-7 shooti...

Pivotal game awaits Illinois basketball against Michigan State

Pivotal game awaits Illinois basketball against Michigan State

February 6, 2015

If you take a quick look at Saturday’s matchup between Michigan State and Illinois on paper, it’s difficult to be optimistic about the Illini’s chances.  The game is at Michigan State and John Groce’s Illini squad has had real trouble away from home all season. Illinois is 1-5 in true road ...

Illinois defeats Rutgers behind 23-6 run

By Sean Neumann

February 4, 2015

It took just one big push. Illinois defeated Rutgers 66-54 on Tuesday at State Farm Center behind a 23-6 run midway through the game.    Rutgers (10-14, 2-9 Big Ten) hung in the game for most of the first half before Illinois (15-8, 5-5) erupted on a scoring stretch that extended into the second h...

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...

Short-handed Illini basketball can’t run with Gophers

Short-handed Illini basketball can’t run with Gophers

January 25, 2015

Illinois played hard at Minnesota but sputtered in the second half and ran out of gas Saturday afternoon. The Gophers (13-8, 2-6 Big Ten) won their second conference game of the season, 79-71, over an Illinois squad (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten) that had a tough time keeping up due to its depleted roster and limit...

Struggling Gophers will be desperate against Illini

Struggling Gophers will be desperate against Illini

January 24, 2015

Records can be deceiving in college basketball.  Minnesota enters Saturday’s game against Illinois with a 12-8 overall record, including a 1-6 mark in Big Ten play. From an outside perspective, the Gophers’ conference record looks bad.  But take a closer look at their schedule, and you realize Minn...

Egwu, Black lead Illini basketball past Purdue

Egwu, Black lead Illini basketball past Purdue

January 22, 2015

On a night in which Purdue played two players over 7-feet tall, it was Illinois’ big men who stood the tallest. The Illinois men’s basketball team shut down Purdue’s two centers, holding them to a combined 10 points and nine rebounds, and came away with a hard-fought 66-57 win Wednesday night a...

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