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Illinois women’s basketball loses close one to Northwestern

By Joey Figueroa

January 23, 2015

In a close matchup between in-state rivals, Northwestern got the better of Illinois with a 68-67 victory. In a game that went down to the wire, the Illini couldn't find their offense when they needed it, and the Wildcats made clutch shots to pull away within the final minute. “We just didn’t make t...

Illini looking to continue home-court perfection against Hoosiers

Illini looking to continue home-court perfection against Hoosiers

January 18, 2015

It’s been an inconsistent season so far for Illinois hoops, but John Groce’s squad has definitely been reliable in one aspect. They’ve consistently won on their home court. The Illini (12-6, 2-3 Big Ten) are 8-0 at State Farm Center this year, and they’re looking to improve to 9-0 at home when ...

Illinois upsets No. 11 Maryland behind inspired, intense play

Illinois upsets No. 11 Maryland behind inspired, intense play

January 8, 2015

In one play, Illinois senior center Nnanna Egwu personified the toughness and grit his team showed all game in a 64-57 win over No. 11 Maryland on Wednesday night at State Farm Center. It came when the Illini led 52-39 with 5:30 left to play, when no sane Illinois fan could feel completely comfortab...

A win Saturday will help Illini win Chicago

Illinois head coach John Groce signals to the team during the game against Illinois-Chicago at the United Center on Dec. 28, 2013. Groce and the Illini head back to the United Center on Saturday to play Oregon.

December 12, 2014

It’s only December, so it’s too early in Illinois’ basketball season for a true must-win game. But a loss to Oregon on Saturday at United Center in Chicago would hurt, and it would hurt badly. It would be a crushing blow to the Illini’s nonconference resume that the NCAA tournament committee wil...

Illinois won’t take American lightly in preparation for Villanova

Illinois' Ahmad Starks looks for an open pass during the game against Brown at State Farm Center on Nov. 24. Starks had a couple of rough shooting nights since the Illini last played in Champaign. 

December 5, 2014

In sports, the definition of a “trap game” is when a lesser opponent lurks on the schedule immediately before playing a big game.  No. 24 Illinois basketball plays American on Saturday. Then, the Illini take on No. 10 Villanova on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic...

Strong second half from Illini overwhelms Brown

Strong second half from Illini overwhelms Brown

November 25, 2014

From the opening tip, Illinois came out firing against Brown on Monday night at State Farm Center. The Illini weren’t accurate shooting the ball early on. John Groce’s squad fired jumper after jumper at the rim, and not many found the net. Their first half shooting performance of 30.6% percent re...

Illinois women’s basketball wins home opener vs. IPFW

Illinois' Ivory Crawford attempts a layup past IPFW's defense during the game at State Farm Center on Friday. The Illini won the season opener 70-63, despite going 0-for-21 on 3-pointers.

By Joey Figueroa

November 17, 2014

Before Illinois’ season opener against IPFW on Friday, head coach Matt Bollant said he thought the Illini were further along offensively than they were on the defensive end. That proved to be the inverse in the Illini’s 70-63 win over the Mastodons. Illinois finished the game 0-for-21 from 3-point range, but had a 44...

Illini basketball struggles in 80-71 win over Georgia Southern

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) drives to the basket during the game against Georgia Southern at State Farm Center, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. The Illini won 80-71.

By Sean Neumann

November 15, 2014

The opportunities kept presenting themselves, but Illinois couldn't capitalize. Illinois beat Georgia Southern 80-71 Friday night in the season opener at State Farm Center. The Illini couldn't pull away from the Eagles, letting three double-digit leads dwindle with 14 lead changes in the game. “I though...

Illinois women’s basketball hosts IPFW in season opener

By Joey Figueroa

November 13, 2014

The Illinois women’s basketball team has plenty of promising new pieces, and it’s time for them to come together Friday afternoon at the State Farm Center when Illinois hosts IPFW in the season opener.  Illinois is coming off an impressive 70-point blowout over Millikin in the Illini’s only exhibition ga...

Nunn expected to play Friday night for Illinois basketball

Illinois’ Kendrick Nunn will return to the lineup this Friday when the Illini tip off the season against Georgia Southern. The sophomore guard missed the team’s lone exhibition game last Friday.

By Sean Neumann

November 11, 2014

Kendrick Nunn is expected to play this weekend for the Illini. Head coach John Groce said the sophomore guard will be back for Illinois’ season opener against Georgia Southern on Friday night. “Doctors have done a phenomenal job,” Groce said after Illinois’ 91-62 exhibition win over Quincy thi...

Dads Weekend Calendar of Events

November 11, 2014

Friday, Nov. 14 Friday Night Films: Expendables 3 7 p.m. Location: Illini Union Pine Lounge Cost: Free, popcorn will be provided for first 100 attendees Illini Student Musicals Presents: West Side Story 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Location: Lincoln Hall Theatre Cost: $8 students, $10 public Illinois Basketbal...

Illinois basketball beats Quincy in exhibition

Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) does a layup during the exhibition game against Quincy at State Farm Center on Friday. The Illini won 91-62 and Hill led the team with 20 points.

November 10, 2014

The Illinois men’s basketball team did what was expected Friday night. Illinois took care of Quincy in the team’s exhibition with a 91–62 victory over the Hawks. “We did a lot of good things,” senior center Nnanna Egwu said. “Offensively, sharing the ball. We’ve got a lot of things to ge...

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