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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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