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Big Ten basketball power rankings: Feb. 15

Illinois' Malcolm Hill shoots a layup over Wisconsin's Ethan Happ during the game against Wisconsin at the State Farm Center on Sunday, January 31. The Illini lost 63-55.

By The Daily Illini Basketball Staff

February 15, 2016

1. MarylandThe Terps boast five starters averaging double figures. Melo Trimble, Diamond Stone and Robert Carter Jr. lead the way for the best Maryland squad since 20022. IowaMany would argue for Iowa atop this list. The Hawkeyes are the most experienced team in the conference with four seniors and a ...

Groce must get creative to counter interior mismatches against Purdue

John Groce patrolling the sideline during Illinois' 78-68 loss to Michigan at State Farm Center on Wednesday. Groce's team fell to 0-2 in Big Ten play after losing to Ohio State on Sunday.

By Alex Roux

January 10, 2016

There are bad matchups in college basketball, and then there are catastrophic ones.The way Illinois stacks up against No. 20 Purdue falls under the latter category.The Boilermakers visit State Farm Center Sunday, bringing their trio of towering big men with them. At 7 feet, 260 pounds, AJ Hammons is an e...

Egwu, Black lead Illini basketball past Purdue

Illinois' Leron Black grabs the offensive rebound during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Jan. 21, 2015. The Illini won 66-57.

January 22, 2015

On a night in which Purdue played two players over 7-feet tall, it was Illinois’ big men who stood the tallest. The Illinois men’s basketball team shut down Purdue’s two centers, holding them to a combined 10 points and nine rebounds, and came away with a hard-fought 66-57 win Wednesday night a...

Illinois basketball responds to adversity admirably against Purdue

Illinois' Nnanna Egwu rises with Purdue's Vince Edwards for a block during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Wednesday. The Illini won 66-57 and Egwu set the career block record at Illinois. 

January 22, 2015

Illinois could have rolled over and quit.  Down 30-22 in the first half, John Groce’s short-handed Illini looked like they might go quietly against Purdue on Wednesday night at State Farm Center.  But they didn’t. The Illini lived up to their “fighting” moniker against the Boilers, as they ...

Big Ten Basketball Preview

By Sam Sherman

November 4, 2014

Illinois Head Coach: John Groce Record: 20-15, 7-11 Big Ten Postseason Finish: Lost in second round of NIT Key Losses: Joseph Bertrand, Jon Ekey, Tracy Abrams (Torn ACL) Key Returners: Rayvonte Rice, Nnanna Egwu Key Additions: Leron Black, Ahmad Starks, Aaron Cosby, Michael Finke From The Coach: “I ...