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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.

By Sean Neumann

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. As a consolation, the Illini will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to play Alabama on Tuesday night. ...

Clemson downs Illinois basketball in NIT second round

By Scott Adamson

March 23, 2014

CLEMSON, N.C. — A boisterous, capacity crowd of 10,000 gave the Clemson Tigers a "sixth man" against Illinois on Sunday in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The five guys on the court deeply appreciated the help, especially at the end. Illinois took its only lead of the game ...

Illinois basketball faces Clemson in NIT second round

March 23, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team knows it was lucky to survive its first round NIT matchup at Boston University. The Illini rallied from a 17-point deficit Wednesday behind Rayvonte Rice’s 28 points to top the Terriers by four.  John Groce’s squad realizes it can’t expect to dig itself out o...

Illinois, now favorites, should dominate Boston in NIT

Illinois, now favorites, should dominate Boston in NIT

March 19, 2014

Illinois is done being the underdog. The Illini have been labeled as underdogs in their past five games, at least. The stretch started with three straight games against ranked opponents and then culminated with Illinois being a 9-seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois has embraced a giant-killer’...

Illini men’s basketball receives NIT bid

Illinois' Jon Ekey (33) and Maverick Morgan (22) attempt to block Michigan's Caris LeVert (23) during their quarter-final game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, on Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 The Illini lost 64-63.

By Johnathan Hettinger

March 17, 2014

Illinois missed out on the big dance but will continue its season in the National Invitation Tournament, beginning with a game at Boston University on Wednesday. The No. 2-seeded Illini last played in the NIT in 2010, when they advanced to the quarterfinals. Illinois head coach John Groce was an assi...