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5-star Power Forward Leron Black Commits to Illinois

John Groce has secured his highest rated commitment since he became the Illini head coach. Leron Black, a 5-star power forward from Memphis, Tennessee, joins Michael Finke as the second member of the 2014 recruiting class. Black chose Illinois over Baylor, Indiana, and Tennessee. The newest member of the 2014 class was originally committed to Baylor a year ago before decommitting. Black comes in at 6'7" 215 ...

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Even in Defeat, the Illini Season Was Anything But a Failure

"When you pour your heart and your mind and your soul into something I know it stings. If it doesn't then something would be wrong." A choked up John Groce said these words to a visibly broken Illini basketball team after their Round of 32 loss to Miami. The team had defied odds all season long in a roller coast ride that ended with a feeling that at least 67 other teams in the nation can sympathize with—de ...

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Controversial Call Seals Illini’s Fate in Loss to Miami

In a day full of several controversial calls across the NCAA Tournament, the contest pitting No. 7 Illinois against No. 2 Miami wasn’t an exception. After Shane Larkin made a go-ahead three pointer for the Hurricanes to take a 57-55 lead with a minute left in the contest, controversy struck on the other end. Illini senior D.J. Richardson air balled a three pointer that caromed out of bounds, appearing to co ...

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No. 7 Illinois Relinquishes 16 Point Halftime Lead But Holds on to Beat No. 10 Colorado 57-49

Despite suffering a 22-2 run and squandering a 16 point halftime lead, the No. 7 Fighting Illini held on for a 57-49 win over the Colorado Buffaloes. Live by the three and die by the three has been the Illini’s moniker all season long and never was it more apparent than in this contest. Illinois climbed out to a 37-21 halftime lead after shooting 6-16 from behind the arc in the first half. Senior D.J. Richa ...

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Illinois Strives for Consistency Facing Off Against Colorado

The No. 7 seed Fighting Illini will take on the No. 10 Colorado Buffaloes in a match-up of two enigmas. Both teams have fought through slumps to reach the NCAA tournament. Now that they’re here, they’re as dangerous as ever. On December 16th, the Illini were sitting at 12-0 as the John Groce era kicked off emphatically. After losing eight of their next 12 contests, the Illini fell to 16-8 and 2-7 in the Big ...

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Illinois Looks to Lock Up an NCAA Tourney Bid as They Take on Minnesota at the United Center

The Big Ten regular season is officially in the books and man, it didn’t disappoint. The conference has six ranked teams and there is a general consensus that the Big Ten conference stands as the best in the land. All eyes will be on national title hopefuls Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State this Thursday when the Big Ten tournament kicks off in Chicago. After one of the most competitive Big T ...

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Illinois Embraces Defensive Culture as They Look to Avenge Michigan Loss

The next stop on the Fighting Illini’s revenge rampage is in Ann Arbor this Sunday. Illinois has knocked off five straight opponents, including a streak of beating three straight teams they’ve lost to this season (Minnesota, Purdue, and Northwestern) and are coming off a victory over Penn State, who happened to beat the Illini the last time they played last season. So pretty much, if you’ve beat the Illini ...

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Brandon Paul Scores His 1,500th Career Point as Illinois Holds off Penn State

The last time the Penn State Nittany Lions came to Assembly Hall to face the Illini in 2011, just under 3,500 fans were in attendance as Champaign faced one of its worst winter storms in recent years. It was déjà vu when Penn State returned to Assembly Hall this time around as a blizzard once kept some fans at home, with just under 8,000 fans in attendance. Also like last time, the result of the game was th ...

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Illinois Puts the Indiana Victory Behind Them as they Head to Minnesota

In the game of basketball, sometimes all it comes down to is one shot. It might sound cliché, but one bounce of the ball, one inch, one moment can change an entire season for not only a team, but for a city, or an entire school. When the ball came out of senior Tyler Griffey’s finger tips and the buzzer sounded, a team in utter desperation finally climbed out of their hole and stood atop the college basketb ...

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Illinois stuns No.1 Indiana on Tyler Griffey buzzer beater

The Fighting Illini knocked off the No. 1 ranked Indiana Hoosiers in one of the craziest games in college basketball this season. After enjoying a comfortable lead for most of the second half, Indiana blew a nine point lead with 3:33 left to play. The Hoosiers saw their No.1 ranking once again blow up in smokes as Illinois senior forward Tyler Griffey made an inbounds lay-up at the buzzer to win it for the ...

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