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Morgan’s lay-in likely means NIT for Illinois basketball

Illinois' head coach John Groce reacts to an Illinois turnover during the quarter-final game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament against Michigan at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, on Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 The Illini lost 64-63.

March 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Breaking the huddle after a timeout, Nik Stauskas told Jordan Morgan he was shooting the ball regardless of what he saw on the court. With Michigan down a point against Illinois and 19.1 seconds remaining, Wolverines head coach John Beilein drew up a play to get Stauskas the ball with ...

Abrams, Illini fall short against Michigan in Big Ten Tournament

Illinois' Tracy Abrams (13) reacts after missing the game winning shot during the quarter-final game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament against Michigan at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, on Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 The Illini lost 64-63.

By Johnathan Hettinger

March 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — It was the shot Tracy Abrams wanted. With 3.0 seconds left in the game and Illinois trailing 64-63, senior Jon Ekey passed it to the point guard at the top of the key. Abrams broke free of Caris LaVert, Michigan’s 6-foot-6 wingman, who was guarding him. He drove to the basket, and...

Illini women’s basketball season ends at hands of Iowa

Illinois' head coach Matt Bollant looks toward his players during the Illini's loss to Michigan State at Assembly Hall, on Sunday, Jan. 13th, 2013.

March 7, 2014

Illini women’s basketball senior guard Amber Moore said she wanted to leave her mark on the Big Ten and its tournament — and she did. Unfortunately for Moore, she only had one chance to make a statement, as Illinois ended its season with a loss in the first round of the tournament against Iowa, ...

Lone Illini women’s basketball senior Moore’s career winds down

Illinois' Amber Moore drives the ball during the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on Sunday, March 2.

March 5, 2014

When the Illini women’s basketball team steps on the court to take on Iowa on Thursday for the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, guard Amber Moore will be playing like it’s her last game. Because it very well could be. Moore is the team’s lone senior, and from here on out every game Illin...

Abrams leads Illinois over IPFW 57-55

By Johnathan Hettinger

November 30, 2013

Tracy Abrams refused to let Illinois lose. His Illini trailing by 11 points with 3 seconds remaining in the first half, Abrams drove to the basket, hit a lay-up for his first points of the game and was fouled. He hit the free throw and the Illini trailed 35-27 at the half. After intermission, Abrams picked...

Ekey lights it up again as Illinois tops Chicago State

November 23, 2013

New game, new opponent, same Jon Ekey. The senior forward hit another five threes and added an emphatic put-back slam in a 77-53 Illini win over Chicago State. Ekey’s 19-point performance equaled his 19-point outburst against Bradley just five days earlier. Ekey finished five-of-eight from behind the arc and seve...

Rice leads Illini to 80-63 win in season opener

November 9, 2013

The hometown kid stole the show in Illinois basketball’s season-opening victory Friday night at State Farm Center. Champaign native Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 22 points in an 80-63 win over Alabama State in his Illini debut. Rice shot 6-of-12 for the game on top of 9-of-10 from the free-throw l...