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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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Northwestern and Illinois have a lot in common

  It's one of the biggest rivalries in Chicago sports... The Northwestern Wildcats (10-6 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) and the Illinois Fighting Illini (11-6, 1-3) will do battle on the hardwood for the first time this season on Wednesday night. In recent years this rivalry has been one-sided, usually in favor of the Illini. But this time, things are more evenly matched. Aside from their win-loss records being ...

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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 falls to Oregon

  NEAR WEST SIDE- The Fighting Illini made their annual appearance at the United Center on Saturday night, but this year the outcome wasn’t as pleasant as the previous UC games under John Groce. This time around, the Illini fell to Oregon 77-70 thanks to lackluster offense and poor defense down the stretch. The Illini jumped out to a 16-point lead and shot 50-percent from the field in the early going. ...

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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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Follow @ChiCitySports23 for BIG Media Day updates

College basketball is almost upon us. That means it’s time for Media Day. Today is Big Ten Media Day and ChiCitySports is here for the coverage. Follow CCS all day and all week as we cover everything around the Big Ten. Tom Izzo has already complemented the moderator on his bowtie. This is just the start of our awesome coverage. Also make sure to check out our Twitter account @ChiCitySports23 for updates th ...

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