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Malcolm Hill is the new Illini leader

  It's no secret that the Illinois Fighting Illini (15-8 overall, 5-5 Big Ten) have struggled offensively from time to time this season. There have been many times where they needed a source of offense from someone other than senior guards Rayvonte Rice and the injured Tracy Abrams. They've especially needed a spark since the aforementioned Rice and junior guard Aaron Cosby have been on an indefinite s ...

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Rice and Cosby remain suspended from the Illini

  The situation hasn't gotten any better for Illinois Fighting Illini guards Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby. Both players remain on "indefinite suspension" by head coach John Groce for an unspecified violation of team rules. The suspensions were announced prior to the Illini's victory over Penn State on Saturday. Groce has refused to reveal what exact rules were violated, but he did say that Rice and Co ...

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The injury bug continues to hit the Fighting Illini

  CHAMPAIGN- There was both good news and bad news coming out of the University of Illinois campus on Wednesday night. The good news is that the Illinois Fighting Illini (13-7 overall, 3-4 Big Ten) got back in the win column with their 66-57 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers (11-8, 3-3) at the State Farm Center. The bad news is that they sustained yet another injury to their already thin backcourt. ...

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The Illini get a boost from unlikely sources in victory over Maryland

  CHAMPAIGN- After everything that the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team has endured over the last few days, especially the Rayvonte Rice injury, head coach John Groce was hoping to give his a team a wake up call that would get them out of this funk. Apparently that wake up call manifested itself on Wednesday night as the Illini (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten) successfully defended their home court with a 6 ...

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Illini guard Rayvonte Rice out indefinitely

  CHAMPAIGN- If things weren't already bad for the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team, they just got worse. On Tuesday, Illinois head coach John Groce announced that Illini senior guard Rayvonte Rice will be out for an undetermined amount of time with a broken bone in his left hand. He's scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday after sustaining the injury in practice. Rice is the Illini's leading s ...

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The Fighting Illini find themselves in a Big Ten abyss

  It's not the start that the Illinois Fighting Illini (10-5 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) had hoped for as they began the Big Ten portion of their schedule this season. After finishing their non-conference schedule on a three-game winning streak, John Groce and his team have found themselves in a 0-2 hole after disappointing losses at Michigan and at #20 Ohio State. Many had picked the Illini to win in Ann Ar ...

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The Illini must beat Oregon

  The Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team may look impressive with a 7-2 record, but their last three games have been a slight cause for concern. The Illini have gone 1-2 in their last three contests.... They lost their Big Ten/ACC Challenge game to Miami (FL) almost two weeks ago, got back in the win column with an unimpressive victory over American University last weekend,  then were outpl ...

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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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Illinois counter a rebuilding season with depth

After failing to even reach the NIT in 2011, not much was expected from coach John Groce in his first year as Illinois head coach. The word “rebuild” is often mentioned in any conversation regarding the Illini squad. Under the tutelage of Groce, seniors Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson soared to new heights and led the team past a rebuild season and back into the NCAA tournament.  Illinois reached the 3rd r ...

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Illinois transfer Ahmad Starks denied eligibility for 2013-14 season

On Tuesday, the NCAA refused to approve the hardship waiver petitioned by Illini point guard Ahmad Starks. After transferring from Oregon State, he was hoping to play his senior season in orange and blue in order to be closer to his ailing grandmother in Chicago. The NCAA's reason for denying the request was because Starks' home is more than 100 miles from Champaign, Ill. Though a seemingly understandable r ...

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