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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...

Illini of the Week Feb. 4: Malcolm Hill

Malcolm Hill has emerged as a leader and point-scorer for the Illini men’s basketball in the absence of Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby.

February 4, 2015

Editor’s Note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.  As Malcolm Hill caught the pass from Jaylon Tate and surveyed the defens...

Layup in final seconds gives Illini 60-58 win

Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) drives into the paint before making the game-winning basket during the game against Penn State at State Farm Center on Jan. 31, 2015. The Illini won 60-58.

By Sean Neumann

January 31, 2015

Malcolm Hill turned off a double team with just seconds remaining and drove to the basket. The baby-face sophomore had already given his Illini team all he could: 25 points, four rebounds, 37 minutes on the floor. But like a veteran, he drove to the rim one last time.   The right-handed sophomore w...

Illinois basketball should be fresh after week off

Illinois' Kendrick Nunn (25) attempts a shot during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Jan. 21, 2015. The Illini won 66-57.

January 30, 2015

For Illinois head coach John Groce and his team, a week off couldn’t have come at a better time.  The Illini have been battered and bruised all season. Starting point guard Tracy Abrams is out for the year with a torn ACL. Leading scorer Rayvonte Rice and junior shooting guard Aaron Cosby have miss...