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LoVett snub a reminder of Groce’s point guard problem

LoVett snub a reminder of Groce’s point guard problem

By Alex Roux

May 25, 2015

Late Wednesday evening, Illinois men’s basketball fans were issued an uncomfortable reminder.Like a mountain of dirty dishes that eventually becomes too big to ignore, Illini fans were forced to stare down the bare spot in their future point guard cupboard when 2015 target Marcus LoVett, Jr. tweeted tha...

Coleman-Lands commitment is big step for Illini, Groce

Coleman-Lands commitment is big step for Illini, Groce

September 25, 2014

Illinois hasn’t had much luck lately with basketball recruits who stage live press conferences for their college announcements. Jalen Brunson and Cliff Alexander both snubbed the Illini during their televised decisions. Quentin Snider chose the Illini during his, but de-committed before he had a chan...

10 days that defined the Illinois men’s basketball season

10 days that defined the Illinois men’s basketball season

May 14, 2014

Oct. 1 — Transfer Ahmad Starks denied waiver by the NCAA to play the 2013-14 season. The guard from Oregon State who transferred to Illinois to be closer to his grandmother was told by the NCAA that he could not play this season, leaving Illinois with a hole at point guard behind starter Tracy Abr...

Snider a bigger loss for Illinois than Alexander

November 19, 2013

Editor's note: This column is written as part of a point-counterpoint. The other column, stating the Cliff Alexander loss hurt more, can be read here. John Groce doesn’t take well to losing. A fired-up Groce took to the microphone at a press conference Saturday and told the world: Illinois basketball is in a great place. ...

Alexander loss hurts the most

Alexander loss hurts the most

By By: Stephen Bourbon

November 19, 2013

Editor's note: This column is written as part of a point-counterpoint. The other column, stating the Quentin Snider loss hurt more, can be read here.  The aftermath is everywhere. Ever since Friday, Illini basketball fans have felt the shockwaves of not one, but two prospective basketball recruits picking other schools. Cliff Alexander, a...

Groce discusses class of 2014 signings

November 16, 2013

As college basketball’s early signing period continued this weekend, Illinois head coach John Groce addressed the media Saturday to discuss the Illini’s two signings for the class of 2014. Illinois signed two forwards: Leron Black, of Memphis, Tenn., and Michael Finke, of Champaign. Groce did no...

Alexander, Snider decisions hinder future of Illinois basketball

November 16, 2013

CHICAGO — Friday was one of the most important days in Illinois basketball history for all the wrong reasons. The day began with news that Quentin Snider, the 35th best player in the class of 2014 according to ESPN, decommitted from Illinois to sign with Louisville. Despite the loss of Snider, Friday ...