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A neutral observer’s rooting guide to the Final Four

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, right, drives to the basket against Oregon's Elgin Cook during the first half in the finals of the NCAA Tournament's West region at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Oklahoma advanced, 80-68. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
March 29, 2016

Tweet: .Who should you root for in the Final Four? Check out @danescalona77's column to find out.Yet another wild, unpredictable NCAA tournament has produced a Final Four that very few people can...

Purdue learned from past mistakes and crushed Illinois in the BTT quarterfinal

Illinois' Malcolm Hill drives to the basket around Purdue's Rapheal Davis in the quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament. The Illini lost 89-59. 
March 11, 2016

Tweet: Illinois’ season ends in BTT in a blowout quarterfinal loss to PurdueIllinois couldn’t afford to come out sluggish in the quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament Friday, but they took the floor...

Illinois falls to Penn State despite Hill's career-high

March 6, 2016

Tweet: #Illini hoops falls to Penn State on Sunday despite Malcolm Hill's career-high 39 points.Malcolm Hill hit Penn State’s Isaiah Washington with a crossover in the closing seconds of regulation Sunday,...

Playing Maryland in a hostile environment could be good prep for Big Ten tournament

Illinois head coach John Groce watches his team from the sidelines during the game against Indiana at the State Farm Center on February 25. The Illini lost 74-47.
March 2, 2016

Only two regular season games remain for Illinois basketball this season, and neither carries much significance.The unfortunate truth at this point in the season is that the results of these last two matchups...

Indiana routs Illinois again behind second half scoring barrage

Illinois' Malcolm Hill drives to the basket during the game against Indiana at the State Farm Center. The Hoosiers held Hill to just 5 points.
February 26, 2016

Tweet: It was a condensed version of their first matchup as IU routed Illinois again, 74-47, behind a second-half scoring outburstFor a half, Illinois battled.Stop me if you can guess what happened next.Illinois...

Illinois routs Rutgers at home

Malcolm Hill throws down a two handed dunk in the second half of Illinois' victory over Rutgers on Tuesday Night. Hill recorded his sixth double-double of the season Tuesday.
February 16, 2016

tweet: The #Illini kept Rutgers winless in the Big Ten with a 82-66 win on Tuesday.Malcolm Hill gingerly raced down the court for an easy lay-in after a Rutgers pass went straight into his arms on the...

?Illinois coasts to 82-66 win over Rutgers

Illinois' Maverick Morgan takes a short jumper during the game against Rutgers at the State Farm Center on February 17. The Illini won 82-66.
February 16, 2016

Tweet: Illinois coasted to an 82-66 win over Rutgers Tuesday, and it was hard to find fault in their performanceSomething unique happened Wednesday while Illinois took on Rutgers at State Farm Center.No,...

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

Illinois' D.J. Williams drives to the basket during the game against Iowa at the State Farm Center on February 7. The Illini lost 77-65.
February 15, 2016

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...

Battered and bruised Illini get extra time off to regroup

Illinois' Malcolm Hill brings the ball up the court during the game against Ohio State at the State Farm Center on Thursday, January 28. The Illini lost in overtime 68-63.
February 9, 2016

It’s no secret: The Illinois basketball team has been riddled with injuries and sickness since the start of the 2015-16 season.With one week between games and a couple days off from practice during that...

Simpson spurns Illini: Groce loses another point guard

Illinois' head coach John Groce talks to his team before the game against Nebraska at State Farm Center, on Wednesday, March 5, 2015. The Illini won 69-57.
September 9, 2015

Xavier Simpson, the No. 66 player in ESPN’s Top 100 in the class of 2016, has committed to Michigan over Illinois.The 5-foot-11, 170 pound Simpson chose Michigan over Illinois, Miami, Wisconsin and Iowa...

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