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State Farm Center: An arena opponents used to fear

State Farm Center: An arena opponents used to fear

By Alex Roux

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 streak in the mid-2000s. The home dominance began to crumble at the end of the 2000s, and since ...

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

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

By Alex Roux

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 starter to avoid injury so far is Malcolm Hill. And their five-game stint in Springfield will be rem...

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

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

By Alex Roux

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 landed in Oz. The old gray seats in the 200-level had been torn out in favor of new navy blue one...

Groce hosts recruit after Illini hoops scrimmage

Groce hosts recruit after Illini hoops scrimmage

By Alex Roux

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 Twitter bomb Sunday evening, reporting that former Tulane commit Kipper Nichols was on the Illinoi...

Lou Henson Court to grace renovated State Farm Center

Lou Henson Court to grace renovated State Farm Center

By Peter Bailey-Wells

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 signature, his trademark orange blazer and a pair of wings that is a reference to the 1989 Flyi...

Current recruiting season lacks familiar buzz

Current recruiting season lacks familiar buzz

By Alex Roux

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, Cliff Alexander and Jawun Evans. Those recruitments didn’t work out, and the ensuing let-downs,...

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

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

April 26, 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 artists B.o.B. and Timeflies. The Illini Union Board, State Farm Center and Star Course hosted the...

Illinois women’s basketball tops Minnesota

By Joey Figueroa

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 groove early on its way to a 95-69 win over Minnesota (17-6, 6-5). The Illini ended their seven-game losin...

Illinois defeats Rutgers behind 23-6 run

By Sean Neumann

February 3, 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 first half before Illinois (15-8, 5-5) erupted on a scoring stretch that extended into the second h...

Hill delivers in dramatic win over Penn State

Hill delivers in dramatic win over Penn State

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 layup to give the Illini a 60-58 lead with four seconds remaining, the fans at State Farm ...

Illinois basketball’s Leron Black evolves with more playing time

Illinois basketball’s Leron Black evolves with more playing time

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 encouragement from the coaching staff and his fellow players as the reasons why he persevered through his...

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