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Illinois' Te'Jon Lucas (3) brings the ball up the court during the game against Northwestern at State Farm Center on Tuesday, February 21.

Illini basketball: Breaking down the guards

By Thomas Polcyn , Illini hoops columnist October 26, 2017

It has been no secret that new head coach Brad Underwood likes to use his guards a lot. His fast-paced system revolves around using multiple lead guards pushing the ball up and down the court from the...

Illinois head basketball coach Brad Underwood answers questions from the media during the media day press conference at the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics building on Wednesday, October 11.

Ayo Dosunmu: Illinois’ early, anticipated present

By Thomas Polcyn , Illini hoops columnist October 23, 2017

Do you remember when you were younger, when you knew what your birthday present was going to be, but you couldn’t open it until the day of your birthday? You wanted to open it and have it more than...

Illinois' head coach John Groce reacts to a foul call during the game against Missouri at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Two Illini targets transfer as season draws closer

By Alex Roux October 19, 2015

As the leaves turn and the sun sets earlier with each passing day, college hoops fans’ mindsets shift from recruiting watch to game mode.Especially at Illinois, especially this year. The fall early signing...

Illinois' head coach John Groce watches the exhibition game against Quincy at State Farm Center on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.The Illini won 91-62.

Illini hoops recruiting settles into a lull

By Alex Roux October 6, 2015

For the first time since classes started, a weekend devoid of any basketball recruiting visits came and went on the Illinois campus.Sometimes recruits take official visits, other times they’re unofficial....

Illinois' head coach John Groce watches the game against Michigan at United Center in Chicago during the Big Ten Tournament on March 12. Groce hopes to strengthen his team through new players.

Point guard Lucas chooses Illinois

By Alex Roux September 16, 2015

Te’Jon Lucas, a point guard in the 2016 class from Milwaukee, has committed to Illinois.The 6-foot, 155-pound Lucas committed to head coach John Groce and the Illini Wednesday over Old Dominion and USC....

Illinois' head coach John Groce instructs Ahmad Starks (3) after a timeout during the game against Missouri at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Dec.20, 2014. The Illini won 62-59.

Simpson decision re-opens old wounds, but other targets remain

By Alex Roux September 10, 2015

Maybe I should save myself some time.You see, when a high-profile Illinois basketball recruit sets a date and time to announce his college decision, I have to be prepared. I’ll write two stories in...

Illinois' head coach John Groce talks to his team before the game against Nebraska at State Farm Center, on Wednesday, March 5, 2015. The Illini won 69-57.

Simpson spurns Illini: Groce loses another point guard

By Alex Roux September 9, 2015

Xavier Simpson, the No. 66 player in ESPN’s Top 100 in the class of 2016, has committed to Michigan over Illinois.The 5-foot-11, 170 pound Simpson chose Michigan over Illinois, Miami, Wisconsin and Iowa...

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