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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 Scout.com dropped a Twitter bomb Sunday evening, reporting that former Tulane commit Kipper Nichols was on the Illinoi...

Illini basketball struggles to find rhythm on season

By Nicholas Fortin

May 10, 2015

By Nicholas fortinstaff writerIllinois (19-14, 9-9 Big Ten) dealt with injuries, suspensions and other obstacles in a season full of setbacks and in the end the Illini just couldn’t cope with the off-court complications as the team finished the season disappointed.The Illini came into the season w...

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 in the first round of the NIT in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide embarrassed the Illini from the s...

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 just happened sooner than ever Tuesday night in an opening round NIT game against Alabama at the Cole...

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 and other obstacles throughout the season that, in the end, proved detrimental to its postseason cha...

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.

By Sean Neumann

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 eliminated in the second round of the conference tournament, falling to Michigan 73-55 at the United...

Illinois willed to victory by Rice’s return

Illinois willed to victory by Rice’s return

February 13, 2015

Rayvonte Rice is back and he made sure Michigan knew it. With every possession-ending rebound Rice ripped down in the final minutes of regulation, he sent a message to the rest of the Big Ten about the type of impact he can have on Illinois’ play. Despite scoring just four points on 2-of-7 shooti...

Illini basketball looks for fourth-straight win Thursday

Members of the Orange Krush attempt to distract Rapheal Davis while he inbounds the ball during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Jan. 21. The Illini won 66-57.

By Sean Neumann

February 12, 2015

Illinois basketball’s loss to Michigan was the most heartbreaking of the season. It’s one the Illini are looking to avenge, and there might not be a better time to do it. The team dropped the last meeting between the two in Ann Arbor, Mich., losing in overtime 73-65. Michigan came back from a 13-point ...

Illinois captures 59-54 win at Michigan State

Michigan State's Lourawls Nairn Jr. drives by Illinois' Ahmad Starks for a score in the first half on Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. The Illini won, 59-54. 

February 7, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Even during the flow of the game, where players sometimes lose track of details, Illinois guard Malcolm Hill noticed something amiss with Michigan State's free-throw shooting.  "There were times where it seems like even the Michigan State players were surprised (at the misses...

Pivotal game awaits Illinois basketball against Michigan State

Pivotal game awaits Illinois basketball against Michigan State

February 6, 2015

If you take a quick look at Saturday’s matchup between Michigan State and Illinois on paper, it’s difficult to be optimistic about the Illini’s chances.  The game is at Michigan State and John Groce’s Illini squad has had real trouble away from home all season. Illinois is 1-5 in true road ...

Illini basketball heads to Michigan State

February 6, 2015

Malcolm Hill fondly remembers the last time the Illinois men’s basketball team was in East Lansing, Mich. Hill recalled enjoying the arena and the energy of the opposing fans. Most importantly, he remembered scoring 10 points in Illinois’ 53-46 win over Michigan State.  “It was a fun experienc...

Tate’s assists help spread Illini basketball offense

Illinois’ Jaylon Tate goes up for a shot during the game against Rutgers at State Farm Center on Tuesday. Tate led the team with six assists.

By Sean Neumann

February 5, 2015

Jaylon Tate can dish it out. The Illini point guard has proven his ability to pass the ball all season, leading the Illini with 82 assists. The point guard added six assists in Tuesday night’s 66-54 win over Rutgers, helping spread the team’s offensive production on a night where four Illini scored in...

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