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Illinois basketball responds to adversity admirably against Purdue

Illinois' Nnanna Egwu rises with Purdue's Vince Edwards for a block during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Wednesday. The Illini won 66-57 and Egwu set the career block record at Illinois. 

January 22, 2015

Illinois could have rolled over and quit.  Down 30-22 in the first half, John Groce’s short-handed Illini looked like they might go quietly against Purdue on Wednesday night at State Farm Center.  But they didn’t. The Illini lived up to their “fighting” moniker against the Boilers, as they ...

Winter will ask: Illinois’ struggling conference consistency

Illinois' head coach John Groce signals to his team during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Jan. 18, 2015. The Illini lost 80-74.

By Sean Neumann

January 20, 2015

Bringing his players out to his family swimming pool on a summer day, John Groce knew one of the Illinois basketball team’s biggest problems was its consistency. The Illini head coach experienced a lack of it in his two previous years in Champaign, falling flat in conference play both years after a p...

Illini lose, drop to 12-7

Illinois' Malcolm Hill attempts to defend Indiana's James Blackmon, Jr., during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Sunday. The Illini lost 80-74.

By Sean Neumann

January 20, 2015

Illinois just couldn’t put Indiana away. The Illinois basketball team brought out all it had to offer Sunday afternoon, but fell to Indiana, 80-74. The Illini ran onto the court in throwback Flyin’ Illini jerseys as pyrotechnics went off before the record-breaking sellout crowd of 17,085. Groce even wore h...

Rice’s injury pushes Illinois into uncharted waters against Maryland

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice readies himself for a set of technical free throws during the game against Oregon at United Center in Chicago on Dec. 13. Rice is expected to miss significant time due to fracture of his non-shooting hand.

January 7, 2015

Wednesday’s game between Illinois and No. 11 Maryland certainly has intrigue surrounding it, but not the kind Illini fans hoped for. It will be the first game in a season and a half that Illinois will play without its star guard Rayvonte Rice. The senior suffered a broken left hand in practice Mond...

Illinois gives another game away in loss to Michigan

Illinois gives another game away in loss to Michigan

December 31, 2014

By now, Illinois fans should be conditioned to expect the worst.  Why would any Illini basketball fan feel comfortable up 13 in the second half against Michigan? Why should they? For the fourth time this season, this Illinois team has folded like a lawn chair down the stretch, losing 73-65 in overtim...

Strong second half from Illini overwhelms Brown

Strong second half from Illini overwhelms Brown

November 25, 2014

From the opening tip, Illinois came out firing against Brown on Monday night at State Farm Center. The Illini weren’t accurate shooting the ball early on. John Groce’s squad fired jumper after jumper at the rim, and not many found the net. Their first half shooting performance of 30.6% percent re...

Offense erupts again as Illinois pounds Austin Peay

Offense erupts again as Illinois pounds Austin Peay

November 22, 2014

Dick Vitale can rest easy tonight, and save the acrobatics for March. The legendary broadcaster once proclaimed that if Austin Peay beat Illinois in a 1987 NCAA Tournament matchup, he’d stand on his head. Sure enough, the 3-seed Illini were upset by the 14-seed Governors in the first round of March...

Illinois basketball quickly improves in first two games

Illinois basketball quickly improves in first two games

By Sean Neumann

November 18, 2014

The same 15 players were on the court in Illinois’ first two games, but it seemed like a different team came to play in each. The Illini struggled to pull away from Georgia Southern in Friday night’s 80-71 win, but quickly buried Coppin State 114-56. Friday’s game had 14 lead changes, but Illinois only needed one on S...

Illinois basketball cruises to 114-56 win over Coppin State

Illinois' Aaron Cosby (11) takes a shot during the game against Coppin State at State Farm Center, on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The Illini won 114 to 56.

November 17, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team found its rhythm on both ends of the floor against Coppin State. Unlike Friday when the Illini (2-0) squeaked out an 80-71 win over Georgia Southern, Illinois was in control from the start and handily beat Coppin State 114–56. Offensively, Illinois shot 55.4 perce...

Illini basketball struggles in 80-71 win over Georgia Southern

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) drives to the basket during the game against Georgia Southern at State Farm Center, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. The Illini won 80-71.

By Sean Neumann

November 15, 2014

The opportunities kept presenting themselves, but Illinois couldn't capitalize. Illinois beat Georgia Southern 80-71 Friday night in the season opener at State Farm Center. The Illini couldn't pull away from the Eagles, letting three double-digit leads dwindle with 14 lead changes in the game. “I though...

Illini basketball focuses on defense in season opener

November 14, 2014

When the Illinois men’s basketball team faces Georgia Southern to start the regular season Friday, the Illini’s focus will be on defense. Illinois worked on bettering its defense this week in practice, but to have success in Friday’s regular season opener, Illinois will have to worry about a ...

Black’s energy, aggression translates to production for Illini basketball

Illinois’ Leron Black lays the ball up during the exhibition game against Quincy at State Farm Center on Friday. The Illini won 91-62.

November 12, 2014

On the basketball court, Leron Black prides himself on aggression and energy. The freshman forward’s energy on the court can be seen in every facet of his game. From scoring in the low post, to rebounding, to celebrating a three-point play with his team, Black exudes energy. Black’s motor is the r...

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