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Illini escape UIC, but are haunted by second-half woes again

Guard Malcolm Hill drives to the basket during the game against Notre Dame at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Illinois lost 84-79.

By Alex Roux

December 13, 2015

Over the last five years, Illinois basketball’s annual United Center game has evolved into an experience comparable to getting a root canal or waiting in line at the DMV.It isn’t pleasant. It isn’t fun. In its last six regular season games at United Center, Illinois has: lost to UIC, lost (badly) t...

Illinois will have to reverse ugly United Center trend against UIC Saturday

Leron Black (12) during Illinois's game against Oregon at the United Center in Chicago last season. The Illini face UIC there on Saturday with a chance to rise above .500.

By Alex Roux

December 12, 2015

Tweet: United Center wasn’t kind to #Illini hoops last year, who must take down UIC to keep season trending upward, writes @aroux94United Center has historically been a friendly host for Illinois basketball (they’re 35-14 overall at the venue), but last year it was a house of horrors.The Illini suff...

Former Illini Brian Randle returns home for historic exhibition

Former Illini Brian Randle returns home for historic exhibition

By Alex Roux

September 29, 2015

When Illinois basketball star Tal Brody chose to play professionally in Israel instead of with the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks in 1966, it was the beginning of a hoops renaissance in the Holy Land.Brody’s stellar play for the Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv for over a decade and a half made him a nationa...

Michigan blasts Illinois in Big Ten tournament

Michigan blasts Illinois in Big Ten tournament

March 12, 2015

When I left the United Center in December following Oregon’s 77-70 defeat of Illinois, I thought that Illini fans couldn’t possibly leave that building feeling any worse than they did that night. I was wrong.  Michigan crushed Illinois, 73-55, in an 8-seed vs. 9-seed matchup at the Big Ten tourn...

Loss to Oregon troubling on multiple levels

Oregon's Elgin Cook dunks the ball against Illinois at United Center in Chicago on Saturday. The loss to Oregon leaves Illinois with no chance for a marquee win in nonconference play.

December 14, 2014

CHICAGO — As I left the United Center following Illinois’ 77-70 loss to Oregon, most Illini fans had the same bewildered look on their faces. This was supposed to be the year the Illini found balance and consistency, where they put away opponents with their superior depth and shooting, where they h...

Illinois falls to Oregon at United Center 77-70

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) attempts a layup during the game against Oregon at United Center in Chicago, Illinois on Dec.13, 2014. The Illini lost 70-77.

By Sean Neumann

December 14, 2014

CHICAGO – Illinois switched its role Saturday night, but it wasn't enough. After chasing the lead throughout the game in their last two losses, the Illini stayed ahead of Oregon for most of the game. But the Ducks grabbed the lead late in the second half and defeated Illinois 77-70 at the United Cen...

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...