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Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team ready to make a run at nationals

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team ready to make a run at nationals

By Thomas Polcyn

March 9, 2016


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Tweet- [email protected] men prepared to chase ultimate goal of national championshipSince the start of its season, the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team considered winning the national championship a reasonable goal.Now, nationals are here, and the Illini have the chance to achieve tha...

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams to play in final regular season tournament at Alabama

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams to play in final regular season tournament at Alabama

By Thomas Polcyn

February 26, 2016


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Tweet- @IlliniWCBball plays final regular season tournament in preparation of national tournament #IlliniThe Illinois wheelchair basketball teams will travel to Tuscaloosa, AL, to play in their final regular season tournament of the season. The Illini have been playing well lately, including some par...

Illini wheelchair basketball teams prep for final home tournament of the season

Illini wheelchair basketball teams prep for final home tournament of the season

By Thomas Polcyn

February 12, 2016


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Tweet- @Illinoiswcbball set to wrap up home tournament schedule before nationals. #IlliniAs nationals approaches, the Illinois wheelchair basketball teams are ready to wrap up their home tournament schedule. This weekend, the Illini will host their final tournament of the season at home before headi...

Wheelchair hoops player Michael Mitchell returns from broken femur

By Thomas Polcyn

February 3, 2016


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In Michael Mitchell’s first wheelchair basketball practice of the season, the Illini sophomore took a hard fall. The tumble was hard enough to break his left femur. And given the fact that the femur is the strongest bone in the bodyRB, Illinois head coach Matt Buchi was pretty rattled. “I...

Illinois men’s head wheelchair basketball coach happy with team’s midseason form

Illinois men’s head wheelchair basketball coach happy with team’s midseason form

By Tommy Polcyn

January 27, 2016


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Teams with sustained success often get complacent, but the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team has not fallen into that habit. Head coach Matt Buchi has continued to push his team forward in pursuit of a national championship.“We are always looking to work harder and make more improvements ...

Men’s wheelchair basketball coach leads Team USA in Japanese tournament

Men’s wheelchair basketball coach leads Team USA in Japanese tournament

By Thomas Polcyn

November 18, 2015


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One of the better opportunities that a coach or player can receive is to represent their country in international competition. This past week, men’s wheelchair basketball coach Matt Buchibr got that chance.Though it is still an honor, Buchi has plenty of prior experience coaching Team USA. He has b...

Men’s wheelchair basketball team continues preseason without head coach

By Thomas Polcyn

October 18, 2015


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Following a successful 2014-2015 season, the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team will begin this season’s campaign without its head coach.Just after the school year began, head coach Matt Buchi had a kidney removed and has been unable to rejoin the team since. In his absence, assistant coach Ka...

Mak Nong's long wheelchair basketball career serving him well as Illini captain

By Thomas Polcyn

October 8, 2015


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Mak Nong is an essential piece of the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team. He is a junior from Long Beach, California, who studies Recreation, Sport and Tourism with a concentration in Recreation. Nong's major is a reflection of his past — an influential youth c...

Illinois wheelchair basketball in midst of offseason grind

By Thomas Polcyn

September 16, 2015


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Illinois’ men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams are putting in preseason work to prime themselves for another successful campaign. Monday through Wednesday they’re in the ARC practicing during the early morning hours. After those practice sessions, many of the players stick around to get so...

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams finish 1-2 in Alabama

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams finish 1-2 in Alabama

By Peter Romanchuk

March 2, 2015


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The Illinois men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams had faced all this weekend’s opponents before, but couldn’t convert that familiarity into more than a single win each. Wisconsin-Whitewater, defending national champion in men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball, highlighted the tou...