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State Farm Center: An arena opponents used to fear

Illinois' Khalid Lewis takes a layup during the game against Rutgers at the State Farm Center on February 17. The Illini won 82-66.
February 28, 2016

When it was known by a different name, State Farm Center was a hall of doom for opponents.Teams feared visiting the old Assembly Hall in Champaign, where Illinois basketball once had a 33-game home winning...

A win over Notre Dame would cap off State Farm Center spectacle

Illinois' Jalen Coleman-Lands(5) takes a jump shot during the game against Chicago State at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, on Monday, November 23, 2015. The Illini won 82-79.
December 1, 2015

Hardly anything has gone according to plan for Illinois basketball this season.The Illini got off to their worst start to a season in 50 years, and now sit at 3-4 entering December. The only projected...

You have to see it to believe it: State Farm Center update

You have to see it to believe it: State Farm Center update
November 6, 2015

When you walk out of the north tunnel and onto the arena floor, the first thing you notice is the seats.Formerly drab and gray, the seats at State Farm Center have had color injected in them like they...

Groce hosts recruit after Illini hoops scrimmage

Illinois' head coach John Groce instructs his team during the game against Kennesaw State at State Farm Center on Dec. 27, 2014. The Illini won 93-45.
October 27, 2015

Just when you thought you could shift your attention to this year’s Illini basketball team, head coach John Groce arranged an 11th-hour recruiting visit.My man Derek Piper over at Scout.com dropped a...

Lou Henson Court to grace renovated State Farm Center

Illinois' head coach Lou Henson shaking hands with Indiana coach Bobby Knight following a 70-53 victory for the Illini in Champaign on March 4, 1984.
August 24, 2015

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas announced Monday that the renovated State Farm Center will feature Henson Court, named for legendary Illini head basketball coach Lou Henson.The logo features Henson's...

Current recruiting season lacks familiar buzz

Current recruiting season lacks familiar buzz
June 28, 2015

During the first three summers of the John Groce era, recruiting was all the rage.Each year, the Illini seemed to have legitimate shots at landing future McDonald’s All-Americans, like Demetrius Jackson,...

First annual Spring Jam concert brings B.o.B., Timeflies

Timeless lead singer, Cal Shapiro, freestyle raps a song about the University during Spring Jam at the Main Quad on Sunday.
April 27, 2015

A location students usually use to study and commute to class was converted into a stage and outdoor concert venue Sunday afternoon. The University’s first annual Spring Jam concert hosted well-known...

A sustainable gem: The sixth Naturally Illinois Expo

Two students examine an insect from one of the entomology exhibits at the Naturally Illinois Expo in 2013.
April 16, 2015

A short walk away from the State Farm Center, nestled among other buildings in Research Park, is the Forbes Natural History Building, one of “the University’s best kept secrets,” said Sue Post,...

Illinois women’s basketball tops Minnesota

February 6, 2015

Maybe all the Illinois women’s basketball team needed was a later start. Even though tip-off at the State Farm Center on Thursday was an hour later than usual, Illinois (12-11, 3-8 Big Ten) found its...

Illinois defeats Rutgers behind 23-6 run

February 4, 2015

It took just one big push. Illinois defeated Rutgers 66-54 on Tuesday at State Farm Center behind a 23-6 run midway through the game.    Rutgers (10-14, 2-9 Big Ten) hung in the game for most of the...

Hill delivers in dramatic win over Penn State

Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) looks for space while protecting the ball during the game against Penn State at State Farm Center on Jan. 31, 2015. The Illini won 60-58.
January 31, 2015

For most of the afternoon, the game between Penn State and Illinois on Saturday was sluggish and the crowd was quiet. But when Malcolm Hill drove past two Nittany Lions defenders and finished off a left-handed...

Illinois basketball’s Leron Black evolves with more playing time

Illinois’ Leron Black attempts a shot during the game against Purdue at State Farm Center on Jan. 21. The Illini won 66-57.
January 28, 2015

Tola Black didn’t raise a quitter. After putting up his first-career double-double against two 7-footers from Purdue last week, freshman forward Leron Black cited his mother’s parenting as well as...

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