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Sophomore Colbert to transfer away from Illinois basketball

April 15, 2015

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce announced Wednesday that sophomore forward Austin Colbert has decided to transfer. “After meeting with Austin, he and I agree that it is in his best interest...

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.

Illini basketball suffers season-ending blowout to Alabama in NIT

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...

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...

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.

Illinois basketball travels to Alabama for the NIT

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....

Illinois guard Deron Williams drives to the basket against Wake Forest’s Chris Paul.

Hometown Illini players reflect on historic 2004-05 season

March 17, 2015

Despite being young at the time, former Champaign Centennial stars and now Illinois basketball players Rayvonte Rice and Michael Finke remember the 2004-05 basketball season like it was yesterday.  While...

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...

Michigan blasts Illinois in Big Ten tournament

Michigan blasts Illinois in Big Ten tournament

March 12, 2015

When I left the United Center in December following Oregon’s 77-70 defeat of Illinois, I thought that Illini fans couldn’t possibly leave that building feeling any worse than they did that night. I...

Illinois' head coach John Groce reacts to the officials after calling a timeout during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Jan. 18. The Illini lost 80-74.

Illinois basketball still clinging to NCAA tournament hopes

By Sean Neumann March 3, 2015

The Illini men’s basketball team has just two games left to make a final push to the NCAA tournament.  Trying to avoid back-to-back trips to the NIT, Illinois looks to close out the season with back-to-back...

Spartans coach Tom Izzy talking to Brandon Dawson during last season's Illinois-Michigan State game at State Farm Center

Izzo, Groce: Big Ten deserves respect

By Sean Neumann February 24, 2015

Tom Izzo looked out of breath when he arrived to talk with reporters following Michigan State’s 60-53 win over Illinois on Sunday. The Spartans’ head coach sat down, shook his head and gave a laugh...

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...

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.

Illini basketball looks for fourth-straight win Thursday

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...

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. 

Illinois captures 59-54 win at Michigan State

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...

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