The Daily Illini

Illinois drops season opener to North Florida

Jalen Tate lies on the ground injured and is tended to by the trainer and head coach during the game against Northern Florida at Prairie Capitol Convention Center on Friday.

By Joey Figueroa

November 14, 2015

For the first time in 16 years, the Illinois men’s basketball team begins the season with a notch in the loss column.The crowd at Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, didn't have much to be loud about in a 93-81 Illinois loss at the hands of North Florida. It’s been four...

Low-post presence and outside shooting are key for Illini offense

By Eli Schwadron

November 10, 2015

Tweet: [email protected] features talent in the low post and quality outside shooting for balanced offensive attack.During Sunday’s post-game presser, Jalen Coleman-Lands donned an orange Illinois vest over a white long-sleeve shirt, a look reminiscent of the Marty McFly character in Back to the Future....

Groce hosts recruit after Illini hoops scrimmage

Illinois' head coach John Groce instructs his team during the game against Kennesaw State at State Farm Center on Dec. 27, 2014. The Illini won 93-45.

By Alex Roux

October 27, 2015

Just when you thought you could shift your attention to this year’s Illini basketball team, head coach John Groce arranged an 11th-hour recruiting visit.My man Derek Piper over at dropped a Twitter bomb Sunday evening, reporting that former Tulane commit Kipper Nichols was on the Illinoi...

Offseason anything but quiet for Illini men's basketball

Illinois' head coach John Groce watches the game against Michigan at United Center in Chicago during the Big Ten Tournament on March 12. Groce hopes to strengthen his team through new players.

By Alex Roux

August 17, 2015

Welcome back.If the Illini’s total meltdown at the end of last season made you want to take the summer off from all things Illinois basketball, I don’t blame you. But the start of the 2015-2016 season is just three months away, so it’s time to get caught up on all things Illini hoops.The bigge...

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 committed to Illinois and head coach John Groce. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound big man will be eligible to...