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Illinois basketball’s Leron Black evolves with more playing time

Illinois basketball’s Leron Black evolves with more playing time

January 28, 2015


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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...

Egwu, Black lead Illini basketball past Purdue

Egwu, Black lead Illini basketball past Purdue

January 22, 2015


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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...

Illinois basketball responds to adversity admirably against Purdue

Illinois basketball responds to adversity admirably against Purdue

January 22, 2015


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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 ...

Illini looking to turn the tide in Purdue series

Illini looking to turn the tide in Purdue series

January 21, 2015


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Sunday’s basketball game between Illinois and Indiana featured long stretches of exciting basketball, with free-flowing offenses and not much quality defense. Expect Wednesday’s matchup between Purdue and Illinois to play out in opposite fashion. The Hoosiers had quick, athletic players who were all capable o...