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?A win over Michigan would put a tumultuous nonconference further behind the Illini

?A win over Michigan would put a tumultuous nonconference further behind the Illini

By Alex Roux

December 30, 2015

The story of the 2015 nonconference season has been written, and it's one Illini basketball fans would like to leave in the past.They know all about the injuries that threatened to derail the season before it barely had a chance to take shape. They remember the Springfield series that everyone beside...

Illini Mike Thorne Jr. has knee surgery

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Illinois' Mike Thorne Jr.(33) dunks the ball during the game against Chattanooga at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The Illini lost 81-77.

By Eli Schwadron

December 1, 2015

Center Mike Thorne Jr. had surgery on his knee for a torn meniscus Monday and is out indefinitelySO. The graduate transfer from UNC-Charlotte left the game in pain during the first half of Saturday’s matchup with Iowa State after posting 10 points and seven boards in 13 minutes.SOThorne Jr. has been a for...

Khalid Lewis fitting in for men’s basketball

Portrait of Khalid Lewis

By Joey Figueroa

November 9, 2015

There will be a lot of newness for the Illinois men’s basketball team this season — new opponents, newly renovated stadium and even a new public address announcer, Tim Sinclair.Most noticeably, though, the Illini will rely on a handful of new faces. With three freshmen and two graduate-transfers a...

Illini basketball's Kendrick Nunn to have thumb surgery

Illinois' Kendrick Nunn (25) looks to drive to the basket during the game against Michigan State at State Farm Center, on Feb. 22, 2014. The Illini lost 60-53.

By Peter Bailey-Wells

October 20, 2015

The latest Illinois basketball injury is going to have lasting effects.Junior shooting guard Kendrick Nunn will have surgery Wednesday to repair a ligament in his left thumb. He injured the thumb during practice on Oct. 13. The program initially announced Nunn's injury on Oct. 15, the same day he was sch...

Two Illini targets transfer as season draws closer

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.

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 period begins just three weeks from Wednesday, and the Illini’s first game is two days aft...

As injuries mount, Illini basketball’s prospects grows murkier

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Illinois’ Leron Black (12) takes a shot during the game against Purdue at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The Illini lost 63-58.

By Alex Roux

October 13, 2015

Tweet: With the season a month away, Leron Black’s injury casts further uncertainty on upcoming #Illini seasonHead coach John Groce was about six minutes into his eight-minute opening statement at Illinois Media Day last Thursday when he dropped the latest injury bomb to hit Illini basketball.Sophomo...

Illini hoops recruiting settles into a lull

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.

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. We’ve seen them scheduled far in advance, and others have materialized at what seems like the...

Groce addresses Paul’s dismissal for first time

Illinois' head coach John Groce signals to his team during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Jan. 18, 2015. The Illini lost 80-74.

By Joey Figueroa

August 26, 2015

It was nothing short of a turbulent summer for Illinois athletics. While the football and women’s basketball programs handled scandals that grabbed national headlines, the men’s basketball team seemed to fall out of the spotlight following a disappointing season.But a lot can change in a few weeks.Fr...

The tragedy of Tracy Abrams

The tragedy of Tracy Abrams

By Alex Roux

July 31, 2015

It just isn’t fair.It’s impossible to predict if Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams would have been a key contributor for the Illini this upcoming season. Missing the entire 2014-15 season of hoops while rehabbing an ACL tear like Abrams will lead to that kind of uncertainty.But until Tuesday...

UPDATED: Tracy Abrams out for 2015-2016 season

Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams tore his Achilles tendon and will be out for the 2015-2016 season, the school announced Tuesday. Abrams missed last season with a torn ACL. He redshirted last season and was expected to start for the 2015-2016 Illini.

By Daily Illini Staff Report

July 28, 2015

Tracy Abrams will have to spend another season watching his team from the sidelines.The athletic department stated in a press release that the redshirt senior guard tore his Achilles and will be out for the 2015-2016 season. He was slated to be the team's starting point guard.This marks the...

LoVett snub a reminder of Groce’s point guard problem

Illinois' head coach John Groce claps after a Michigan turnover during the game at United Center in Chicago, Illinois during the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, March 12, 2015. 

By Alex Roux

May 25, 2015

Late Wednesday evening, Illinois men’s basketball fans were issued an uncomfortable reminder.Like a mountain of dirty dishes that eventually becomes too big to ignore, Illini fans were forced to stare down the bare spot in their future point guard cupboard when 2015 target Marcus LoVett, Jr. tweeted tha...

Illini basketball struggles to find rhythm on season

By Nicholas Fortin

May 10, 2015

By Nicholas fortinstaff writerIllinois (19-14, 9-9 Big Ten) dealt with injuries, suspensions and other obstacles in a season full of setbacks and in the end the Illini just couldn’t cope with the off-court complications as the team finished the season disappointed.The Illini came into the season w...

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