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Illinois is overmatched as Michigan clinches Big Ten title

  In their last four games, Illinois has done something they haven’t done since 1947—hold each of their opponents to less than 50 points. On Tuesday, well, let’s just say they might have to start another streak. The Illini let up 52 points against Michigan—in the first half. The recent hot play for Illinois was extinguished by No. 12 Michigan, who shot their way to an 84-53 win. After losing 10 of 11 g ...

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Illinois show they still have something to play for as they cruise past Nebraska

53 days is a long time. With Nebraska in town, it's been 53 days since Illinois last won a home game. It was an unfamiliar site to see Illinois take on Nebraska with the Cornhuskers sitting in sixth place and the Illini looking up from the very bottom. With 12 losses on the year, the NCAA tournament has been out of the picture for Illinois for a while now—someone might have to tell the team that. If Illinoi ...

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Wisconsin outlasts Illinois as they drop their 8th straight game for first time in 40 years

The last time the Wisconsin Badgers faced off against the Fighting Illini it wasn’t pretty. The January 8th matchup at the Kohl Center was dominated by the Badgers throughout as they came away with a 95-70 victory. The Badgers made their way over to Champaign for a rematch despite a Winter Storm Warning that left many fans at home. Wisconsin was never able to break away in this one, but timely shooting from ...

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Illinois falls short of 21 point comeback against No. 15 Iowa

On Friday, Illinois Coach John Groce told the media “when adversity hits you have to grind hard. You gotta grind.” After a spirited effort against No. 15 Iowa on Saturday, no one can question if the Fighting Illini are grinding hard. After trailing by 21 points early on, Illinois rallied back to take a five point lead in the second half. After failing to score in the first half, senior guard Roy Devyn Marbl ...

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After six straight losses, reality is setting in for the Illini

2014 just hasn't been the Illini's year. The Fighting Illini were 11-2 when they took on Indiana at the State Farm Center on December 31st. The game on New Year’s Eve was a Big Ten opener for both teams, a fitting way to kick off what seemed to be another big year in the Big Ten. Offense wasn’t hard to come by in that game, with Rayvonte Rice scoring 29 and Tracy Abrams and Joseph Bertrand combining for 30. ...

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Northwestern overcomes three late turnovers to stun Illinois

Illinois was in desperate need of a statement game to validate their No. 23 ranking after suffering a 95-70 drubbing at Wisconsin earlier in the week. Driving a couple of hours over to Evanston to face the 7-9 Northwestern Wildcats, the Illini were expected to do just that—but once again, the Illini didn’t live up to their expectations. After trailing by ten earlier in the second half, Illinois freshman Ken ...

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Illinois officially ineligible for a bowl game after falling to Ohio State 60-35

When Illinois took on Ohio State at Memorial Stadium, the teams couldn’t share more contrasting narratives. The Buckeyes are the consensus No. 3 team in the nation, holding a 9-0 record and winners of 13 straight Big Ten games. On the other side of the field, Illinois is 3-6, losers of five straight games and 19 straight Big Ten games. With three games left on their schedule with Ohio State up, Illinois had ...

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Illinois survive late 8-0 run to beat Valparaiso 64-52

After winning their first two games of the season by double digits, Illinois would face their biggest test of the early season taking on the streaking Valparaiso Crusaders. The Crusaders also entered the game with a 2-0 record, winning their last contest by an impressive 63 points against North Park, running out to 113 points. The Illini didn’t need 113 points to win this one—in fact, both teams combined fo ...

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Joseph Bertrand’s first 20-10 night fuels the 86-62 Illinois victory over Jacksonville State

After a successful season opener, Illinois welcomed the Jacksonville State Gamecocks for their second game in the Global Sports Invitational. The Fighting Illini showed off a balanced attack in their 80-63 win over Alabama State on Friday, with all eleven players on the roster scoring in the game. The Illini once again had all eleven players score in the game, but they had to fight to hold off the feisty Ga ...

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Rayvonte Rice scores 22 in his debut as Illinois cruises past Alabama State 80-63

After finishing 23-13 and returning to the NCAA tournament under coach John Groce, Illinois opened the 2013 season at Memorial Stadium prepared to continue to build on their success. The Illini welcomed Alabama State from of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, who finished 10-22 last season. Groce threw his freshman into the fire and rotated in fresh bodies throughout the game. It was a team performance, ...

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