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After sitting out season, Starks is ready to lead the Illini

Big things can come in small packages. Just ask Tracy Abrams. The fearless three-year starting point guard for the Illini has been an impact player despite his underwhelming build. Abrams, who is generously listed at 6-foot-2 (believe me, I’d be surprised if he’s even 6-foot-0), has earned the reputation of being one the better guards in the Big Ten. Just as Abrams was about to enter this season as Illinois ...

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Groce, Illinois, enter Year 3 with high expectations

 ILLINOIS BASKETBALL 2014-15 DEPARTURES: Joseph Bertrand, Jon Ekey RETURNING: Tracy Abrams (out for season), Rayvonte Rice, Nnanna Egwu, Kendrick Nunn, Malcolm Hill, Jaylon Tate, Maverick Morgan, Austin Colbert, Mike LaTulip NEWCOMERS: Ahmad Starks, Aaron Cosby, Leron Black, Michael Finke Illinois basketball head coach John Groce graduated from Taylor University about 20 years ago with a degree that had not ...

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Tracy Abrams earns Braggin’ Rights with breakout performance

With nine minutes left in the annual Braggin’ Rights game between Illinois and Missouri, it felt all too familiar for the Fighting Illini. After relinquishing a late second half lead against Georgia Tech and mostly recently a seven point lead against Oregon just a week ago, what was unraveling felt like a foregone conclusion. After leading 31-27 at half time, a rare three pointer from big man Nnanna Egwu ga ...

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Seven second half three pointers lifts Illinois past Bradley 81-55

It’s probably a good thing Bradley University is only an hour and a half away from Champaign. Tornados and thunderstorms struck across surrounding Illinois areas all afternoon. Even the Chicago Bears game was delayed, with the State Farm Center watching on the big board as Bear’s kicker Robbie Gould nailed the overtime game winner. The Braves probably wished the weather cancelled this one. After only shooti ...

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Illinois vs. Colgate Recap

In his debut as the Fighting Illini head coach, John Groce was welcomed by fans in the team’s home-opener. The Illini faced off against the Colgate Raiders from the Patriot League, where the team finished second to last in the conference with an 8-22 overall record last season. The game was a first round matchup in the EA Maui Invitational. To make Groce feel at home, the fans paid tribute to the “Silent Ni ...

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