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John Groce lands Charlotte transfer Thorne for Illini basketball

Illinois' head coach John Groce celebrates a win with the Orange Krush after the game against Nebraska at State Farm Center, on Wednesday, March 5. Groce landed a commitment from Charlotte fifth-year transfer Mike Thorne on Saturday.
April 18, 2015

For the first time in a couple of months, the Illinois basketball program received some good news on Saturday morning.  According to a CBS Sports report, Charlotte fifth-year transfer Mike Thorne has...

Sophomore Colbert to transfer away from Illinois basketball

April 15, 2015

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce announced Wednesday that sophomore forward Austin Colbert has decided to transfer. “After meeting with Austin, he and I agree that it is in his best interest...

Illini basketball suffers season-ending blowout to Alabama in NIT

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.
March 18, 2015

The Illinois men’s basketball team didn’t come to play on Tuesday night. Third-seeded Illinois (19-13, 9-9 Big Ten) was outplayed by sixth-seeded Alabama (18-14, 8-10 SEC) in all facets of the game...

Alabama rolls Illinois basketball in opening round of NIT

Alabama rolls Illinois basketball in opening round of NIT
March 18, 2015

We’ve seen it before with this Illinois basketball team. This season, it has become a common theme. Opponents hit them in the mouth, go on a run, the Illini fold and the game is essentially over. It...

Illinois basketball travels to Alabama for the NIT

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice shoots the ball during the game against Michigan at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, during the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. The Illini lost 73-55, sending them to the National Invitational Tournament for the second year in a row.
March 17, 2015

A crushing 18-point loss to Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday set Illinois up for deja vu, sealing the team’s second-straight trip to the National Invitational Tournament....

Illini basketball headed back to NIT, opens against Alabama

Illini basketball headed back to NIT, opens against Alabama
March 16, 2015

The Illinois men’s basketball team didn’t expect to be here. Heading into this season, Illinois was projected to be in contention for an NCAA tournament berth. The team faced injuries, suspensions...

Michigan blasts Illinois in Big Ten tournament

Michigan blasts Illinois in Big Ten tournament
March 12, 2015

When I left the United Center in December following Oregon’s 77-70 defeat of Illinois, I thought that Illini fans couldn’t possibly leave that building feeling any worse than they did that night. I...

Illinois basketball eliminated early from Big Ten tournament

Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) attempts to get past Michigan's defense during the game at United Center in Chicago, Illinois during the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The Illini lost 73-55.
March 12, 2015

CHICAGO — The spark wouldn’t stay lit for the Illini and their Big Ten tournament run ended as quickly as it began Thursday. Their NCAA tournament hopes likely died along with it.   Illinois was...

Illinois basketball still clinging to NCAA tournament hopes

Illinois' head coach John Groce reacts to the officials after calling a timeout during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Jan. 18. The Illini lost 80-74.
March 3, 2015

The Illini men’s basketball team has just two games left to make a final push to the NCAA tournament.  Trying to avoid back-to-back trips to the NIT, Illinois looks to close out the season with back-to-back...

Big Ten basketball power rankings: Week of March 3

March 3, 2015

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini basketball staff ranks the basketball teams in the Big Ten 1-14 and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings. 1. MARYLAND (Last week: 3) The...

Orange Krush embarked on its annual road trip, taking in a loss at Iowa

Iowa fans weren't too thrilled when Orange Krush members pulled off their black and yellow garb to reveal orange at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, on Wednesday. Krush chose Thursday's game against the Hawkeyes for its annual road trip.
February 26, 2015

Much like Illinois’ 2014-15 basketball season, Wednesday’s Orange Krush road trip to watch the Illini take on Iowa in Iowa City didn’t exactly go according to plan. And I’m not just referring...

Izzo, Groce: Big Ten deserves respect

Spartans coach Tom Izzy talking to Brandon Dawson during last season's Illinois-Michigan State game at State Farm Center
February 24, 2015

Tom Izzo looked out of breath when he arrived to talk with reporters following Michigan State’s 60-53 win over Illinois on Sunday. The Spartans’ head coach sat down, shook his head and gave a laugh...

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