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Illinois opens season against Quincy

By Sean Neumann

November 7, 2014

John Groce is hoping to have his best season at Illinois yet. The basketball coach is heading into his third year with the Illini, having posted a 43-28 record in his first two seasons. Illinois is one step closer to kicking off the 2014-15 campaign. Friday night the Illini will play their only exhibition g...

Egwu vows to make senior season count

Egwu vows to make senior season count

November 4, 2014

Illinois head coach John Groce didn’t recruit Nnanna Egwu to Champaign. Groce was the head man at Ohio when Egwu committed to former Illini coach Bruce Weber in 2009. But now, Groce, beginning his third season coaching the 6-foot-11 center at Illinois, is running out of superlatives to describe Egwu and th...

With Leron Black, future could be now for Illinois basketball

With Leron Black, future could be now for Illinois basketball

By Sean Neumann

November 4, 2014

The future of Illini basketball might be here already, and its name is “Savage.” Freshman Leron Black — who was given the ferocious nickname for his aggressive rebounding — is expecting to get playing time this season and said that the media spotlight surrounding Big Ten basketball won’t be a tough...

Champaign native Finke at home with Illinois

Champaign native Finke at home with Illinois

By Sean Neumann

November 4, 2014

Michael Finke doesn’t have to travel far to get to the State Farm Center. His home in Champaign is only about four miles from Illinois basketball’s home court. The Champaign native is one of two incoming freshman joining the Illini in 2014-15, looking to find playing time behind more established bigs, ...

Hill, Rice impressive at Illini All In event

Hill, Rice impressive at Illini All In event

By Nicholas Edward David Fortin

October 27, 2014

It was just a scrimmage, but Malcolm Hill proved how confident he’s become with his shot. With eight seconds left in the third period of Sunday’s “Illini All In” scrimmage and his team down 21-18, the sophomore forward nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game. Afterward, Hill joked that he has felt...

It’s time to focus on this year’s team

It’s time to focus on this year’s team

October 22, 2014

Is anyone else ready for basketball season to start? I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to watch actual Illinois basketball, featuring actual Illini players. You can only do so many fantasy projections of lineups two years down the road, happily plugging in every five-star recruit on John Groce’s...

Influx of new players can push Illinois to the top of the Big Ten next season

Influx of new players can push Illinois to the top of the Big Ten next season

March 31, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team teetered on the edge of success all season long. The Illini always seemed to need that extra push, that little something to put them over the top. The mid-season insertion of freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill into the starting lineup provided a momentary spark,...

Groce discusses class of 2014 signings

November 17, 2013

As college basketball’s early signing period continued this weekend, Illinois head coach John Groce addressed the media Saturday to discuss the Illini’s two signings for the class of 2014. Illinois signed two forwards: Leron Black, of Memphis, Tenn., and Michael Finke, of Champaign. Groce did no...

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