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Ekey’s production can no longer be ignored

Illinois' Jon Ekey (33) shoots the ball during the game against Jacksonville State at the State Farm Center on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The Illini won, 86-62.

By Johnathan Hettinger

November 20, 2013

At his first news conference of the year, John Groce answered questions about everything — his four returning players, his five freshmen, his transfers who had to sit out and recruiting — but one person was largely ignored.   Only one question, the second-to-last question, was asked about Jon Ek...

Illinois men’s basketball opens season against Alabama State

Illinois Rayvonte Rice (24) celebrates during the game against Northwood at State Farm Center in Champaign Illinois on Sunday Nov. 3rd 2013. The Illini won 83-67

By Johnathan Hettinger

November 7, 2013

The season is finally here. After first getting together in June, the Illinois men’s basketball team will finally tip off its season Friday night against Alabama State. For seven Illini — five freshmen and two transfers — it will be their first time competing in orange and blue. “It’s here,”...