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Injury-depleted Illini finish 15-19, fall in third round of Big Ten tournament

May 8, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois basketball (15-19, 12th in Big Ten) experienced many injuries and off-the-court issues this season. The first blow occurred when point guard Tracy Abrams tore his achilles tendon in July, forcing him to sit out the entire season for the second-straight year. Two other would-be starters ha...

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

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

By Alex Roux

March 12, 2016


Filed under Sports

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 flatter than the state they hail from.The Illini made it respectable against No. 13 Purdue for the g...

Instead of wilting under pressure, Illinois stood up to No. 20 Iowa Thursday

Instead of wilting under pressure, Illinois stood up to No. 20 Iowa Thursday

By Alex Roux

March 11, 2016


Filed under Sports

Illinois looked on the verge of collapse twice Friday in its second round matchup with fifth-seeded Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament, and twice the Illini responded in a way they haven’t all season.The result was a 68-66 stunner over the 20th ranked Hawkeyes as the Illini advanced to the tournament qu...

Illinois routs Minnesota, moves to Big Ten Tournament second round

Illinois routs Minnesota, moves to Big Ten Tournament second round

By Joey Figueroa

March 10, 2016


Filed under Sports

tweet: One down, four to go for #Illini in Big Ten tourneyINDIANAPOLIS — In a game that wasn't expected to be very competitive, the Illinois men’s basketball simply took care of business — and then some.No. 12 seed Illinois (13-18, 5-13 Big Ten) routed No. 13 seed Minnesota (8-22, 2...

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

By Eli Schwadron

March 6, 2016


Filed under Sports

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, sending the 6-foot-3 defender stumbling backwards. The left-to-right dribble created a fe...

Outstanding efforts from Hill, Lewis not enough in 2OT loss to Penn State

Outstanding efforts from Hill, Lewis not enough in 2OT loss to Penn State

By Alex Roux

March 6, 2016


Filed under Sports

In the final game of Illinois’ regular season, the recurring theme of individual players shining but the team still sinking played out once again.The Illini got an outstanding performance from Malcolm Hill, but all his teammates combined couldn’t match his 39-point outburst in Illinois’ 86-79 doub...

Illinois hoops gets another shot at Maryland upset

Illinois hoops gets another shot at Maryland upset

By Eli Schwadron

March 3, 2016


Filed under Sports

On Jan. 7, 2015, swingman Malcolm Hill dropped 28 points en route to a 64-57 win over heavy favorite and then-No.11 Terrapins.chWith leading scorer Rayvonte Rice out due to a broken hand, Hill, a sophomore at the time, had his coming-out party as an Illini. He had everything going on offense — m...

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

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

By Alex Roux

March 2, 2016


Filed under Sports

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 out east hardly matter for Illinois (13-16, 5-11 Big Ten). Obviously, John Groce and his players ...

Indiana routs Illinois again behind second half scoring barrage

Indiana routs Illinois again behind second half scoring barrage

By Alex Roux

February 26, 2016


Filed under Sports

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 jumped out to a 14-4 lead over No. 18 Indiana and took a 28-27 lead into halftime before ...

Illinois routs Rutgers at home

Illinois routs Rutgers at home

By Joey Figueroa

February 16, 2016


Filed under Sports

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 other end. The bucket capped off a 13-4 Illini run, and the tone was set — Rutgers just couldn't ...

?Illinois coasts to 82-66 win over Rutgers

?Illinois coasts to 82-66 win over Rutgers

By Alex Roux

February 16, 2016


Filed under Sports

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, Illini head coach John Groce didn’t throw a chair onto the court. Malcolm Hill didn’t emulate D...

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

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

By Eli Schwardon

February 15, 2016


Filed under Sports

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...

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