The Daily Illini

Simpson spurns Illini: Groce loses another point guard

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.

By Alex Roux

September 9, 2015

Xavier Simpson, the No. 66 player in ESPN’s Top 100 in the class of 2016, has committed to Michigan over Illinois.The 5-foot-11, 170 pound Simpson chose Michigan over Illinois, Miami, Wisconsin and Iowa State. He announced the decision Wednesday afternoon at his high school in Lima, Ohio.Simpson t...

Loss to Oregon troubling on multiple levels

Oregon's Elgin Cook dunks the ball against Illinois at United Center in Chicago on Saturday. The loss to Oregon leaves Illinois with no chance for a marquee win in nonconference play.

December 14, 2014

CHICAGO — As I left the United Center following Illinois’ 77-70 loss to Oregon, most Illini fans had the same bewildered look on their faces. This was supposed to be the year the Illini found balance and consistency, where they put away opponents with their superior depth and shooting, where they h...

A win Saturday will help Illini win Chicago

Illinois head coach John Groce signals to the team during the game against Illinois-Chicago at the United Center on Dec. 28, 2013. Groce and the Illini head back to the United Center on Saturday to play Oregon.

December 12, 2014

It’s only December, so it’s too early in Illinois’ basketball season for a true must-win game. But a loss to Oregon on Saturday at United Center in Chicago would hurt, and it would hurt badly. It would be a crushing blow to the Illini’s nonconference resume that the NCAA tournament committee wil...

Illinois muscles past American in weekend tune-up

Illinois muscles past American in weekend tune-up

December 6, 2014

In an afternoon that saw ranked teams like Michigan and Miami fall at home in upsets, Illinois basketball avoided that same fate. The No. 24 Illini methodically took care of American University in a 70-55 win Saturday at State Farm Center. What John Groce’s squad lacked in spectacle they made up for wi...

Illinois won’t take American lightly in preparation for Villanova

Illinois' Ahmad Starks looks for an open pass during the game against Brown at State Farm Center on Nov. 24. Starks had a couple of rough shooting nights since the Illini last played in Champaign. 

December 5, 2014

In sports, the definition of a “trap game” is when a lesser opponent lurks on the schedule immediately before playing a big game.  No. 24 Illinois basketball plays American on Saturday. Then, the Illini take on No. 10 Villanova on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic...

Illinois basketball stumbles against Miami

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) drives towards the basket during the game against Brown at State Farm Center, on Nov. 24, 2014. The Illini won 89-68.

December 4, 2014

Tuesday’s game against Miami was the Illinois men’s basketball team’s first real test of the year. Illinois didn’t pass. The previously undefeated No. 24 Illini (6-1) dropped a 70-61 contest to No. 15 Miami (8-0). The loss was due in a large part to the Illini’s poor shooting. Coming into th...

Illini face Miami in top-25 matchup

December 2, 2014

Much has changed for No. 24 Illinois since the team lost to Miami in the NCAA tournament two years ago. Last year the Illini filtered in a new class of players, including five freshmen, who matured on the court. This season, Illinois (6-0) has been prolific offensively, averaging 90 points per game i...