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Illinois basketball’s Leron Black evolves with more playing time

Illinois’ Leron Black attempts a shot during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Jan. 21. The Illini won 66-57.

January 28, 2015

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

Illinois' Leron Black grabs the offensive rebound during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Jan. 21, 2015. The Illini won 66-57.

January 22, 2015

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' 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 ...

Illini looking to turn the tide in Purdue series

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.

January 21, 2015

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...