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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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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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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 pass last season’s win total with 50-14 rout against Miami (OH)

The Fighting Illini looked to make a statement against the 0-3 Miami (OH) RedHawks after losing to Washington at Soldier Field two weeks ago. Igniting for 50 points—Illinois did just that. After a slow first quarter, Illinois exploded for 29 second quarter points to take a 36-0 half time lead. The 36 first half points was the most for the Illini since 1983. The RedHawks would find some rhythm late, but Illi ...

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Illinois better hope the deep ball remains a trend

The lights of Soldier Field proved too bright for the Fighting Illini, but also served as another reminder of how far this team come. Just 10 months ago, this same team stared at a 50-14 scoreboard at Northwestern, watching their season burn into ashes. Following the 34-24 loss to the No. 19 Washington Huskies on September 14th, Illinois is coming off of a much needed bye week. A 2-1 record might not seem l ...

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Washington crashes the Illinois homecoming with a 34-24 victory at Soldier Field

The Washington Huskies looked at home in the Illini’s Chicago homecoming at Soldier Field, overcoming a 14-0 second half run by Illinois to hold onto the 34-24 win. Washington ran the ball with ease throughout the contest. Junior running back Bishop Sankey rushed 35 times for 208 yards and a touchdown. Sankey’s rushing touchdown came at the start of the second half on the Huskies’ first drive. Sankey got fo ...

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