The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

?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...

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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.

Illini Mike Thorne Jr. has knee surgery

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...

Portrait of Khalid Lewis

Khalid Lewis fitting in for men’s basketball

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,...

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.

Illini basketball's Kendrick Nunn to have thumb surgery

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...

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...

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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.

As injuries mount, Illini basketball’s prospects grows murkier

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...

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

Groce addresses Paul’s dismissal for first time

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...

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...

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.

UPDATED: Tracy Abrams out for 2015-2016 season

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...

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. 

LoVett snub a reminder of Groce’s point guard problem

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...

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...

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