ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI NEWS

For injury-prone Illini, the next man up is the manager

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The injury situation at Illinois has come to this: Coach John Groce has added team manager Ryan Schmidt to the roster. After almost four full seasons of working with towels, water bottles and the stools players sit on during timeouts, the 6-foot senior guard will wear No. 14 on Saturday when Illinois travels to Minnesota (12-8, 1-6 Big Ten). ''I never really...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois survives slow start, holds off Boilermakers, 66-57

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois survived a cold start and got double-figure scoring from four players Wednesday to hold off Purdue, 66-57. The Illini survived a late Purdue charge but a Nnanna Egwu dunk with 18 seconds left put the Illini up 64-57. Malcolm Hill led Illinois (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten) with 18 points. Leron Black had 15, Kendrick Nunn 14 and Egwu 11. The Illini shot just 28...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Fighting Illini Point Guard Target Drills Dramatic Game Winner

With only a few ticks left on the clock, Fighting Illini point guard target Marcus LoVett dished a pass to fellow guard Charlie Moore who knocked down a three to tie the game. LoVett proceeded to steal a pass and drill a mid range jumper as time expired. Take a look: Marcus LoVett visited Champaign last weekend for the game against Indiana. In front of a sold out State Farm Center...
Via Sports Mockery
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nunn, Tate, Starks can get Illini basketball to NCAAs

As it currently stands, Illinois is a “next four out” of the NCAA Tournament kind of team. That means a win or two puts them in “first four out” territory. A small winning streak would get them off the NIT bubble. No small task given that the team’s best player, Rayvonte Rice, is out for a few weeks. The “Ewing Theory” manifested itself in a huge signature win over...
Via The Sports Bank
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nunn, Tate, Starks can save the Illini basketball season

As it currently stands, Illinois is a “next four out” of the NCAA Tournament kind of team. That means a win or two puts them in “first four out” territory. A small winning streak would get them off the NIT bubble. No small task given that the team’s best player, Rayvonte Rice, is out for a few weeks. The “Ewing Theory” manifested itself in a huge signature win over...
Via The Sports Bank
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Indiana moved to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in Big Ten play on Sunday afternoon with an 80-74 win over Illinois at the State Farm Center. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Fighting Illini: · Indiana made the most important run of the afternoon: On an afternoon where there […] The post Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Illinois appeared...
Via Inside the Hall
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Photos: Illinois Is Breaking Out Its Throwbacks Again For Game vs. Indiana

Earlier in the season, Illinois wore throwback uniforms for its game against Missouri. The Illini won that December game 62-59, and now they’ll be looking to go 2-0 in the throwbacks, when Indiana comes to the State Farm Center this afternoon.  With Hoosiers in town, seems appropriate to break these out again today. #FlyinIllini #Throwbacks #Illini pic.twitter.com/GzZrhOf1l4...
Via College Spun
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois filling void left by Rayvonte Rice by committee

Indiana got to know Illinois’s Rayvonte Rice quite well last season — the 6-foot-4 senior’s first with the Fighting Illini. In his three games against the Hoosiers, Rice averaged 20.7 points per game, with more than 70 percent of those points coming from either on 2s or at the line. But in the Hoosiers’ lone […] The post Illinois filling void left by Rayvonte Rice by committee...
Via Inside the Hall
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pick ‘em Challenge: Game 2 (Submit Your IU-Illinois Pick Here)

As we continue our IU Big Ten Picks Challenge here at The Assembly Call, IU will be trying to find another victory without Hanner Mosquera-Perea when the Hoosiers square off against The Fighting Illini on Sunday. Staff Picks Reminder: The member of our staff who finishes in last place will wear something expressing their “love” for Purdue live on air during The Assembly Call...
Via The Assembly Call
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois’ Unbelievable Comeback Win Over Arizona Recreated With Bobbleheads

The Fighting Illini made history with an incredible comeback win over the Arizona Wildcats in the 2005 NCAA Elite Eight, which is known as one of the greatest comebacks of all time. Trailing by 15 with four minutes to play did not scare off Illinois as they rallied to beat Arizona by one in overtime.   The Illini starting five that season were Deron Williams, Dee Brown, Luther...
Via Sports Mockery
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Rakocevic would be a great get for Fighting Illini

Given the state of this Illinois Fighting Illini basketball season, it’s understandable why one might start looking far ahead. According to recruiting service 24/7 Sports, Illinois is the front-runner to land 6’10” Class of 2016 Nick Rakocevic, from St. Joseph in suburban Westchester. That Crystal Ball thinggee has the Illini at 67%, Duke 33% for the #59 overall national prospect...
Via The Sports Bank
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Maybe Illini basketball should start Maverick Morgan?

Both Illini basketball recruiting and the Illini basketball offensive strategy are in identity crisis right now. While the former is just a problem of mischaracterization by the media, the latter is a genuine issue. When it comes to Illinois hoops recruiting “news,” all you hear about is John Groce whiffing on 5-star recruits. When it comes to on-the-court Illinois basketball...
Via The Sports Bank
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Vicious Dunk By Cliff Alexander Will Give Fighting Illini Fans Nightmares

It’s been over a year since Cliff Alexander picked up the Illinois hat on National Signing Day, only to turn around and sign with the Kansas Jayhawks. It was a dark day for Fighting Illini fans. Adding to the pain is this monstrous dunk by Alexander against Oklahoma State. Alexander was given a technical foul for flexing after the slam, but that didn’t stop Kansas from winning...
Via Sports Mockery
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini basketball needs some line-up changes immediately

Both Illini basketball recruiting and the Illini basketball offensive strategy are in identity crisis right now. While the former is just a problem of mischaracterization by the media, the latter is a genuine issue. When it comes to Illinois hoops recruiting “news,” all you hear about is John Groce whiffing on 5-star recruits. When it comes to on-the-court Illinois basketball...
Via The Sports Bank
17 days ago  |  Discuss

One Key Stat That’s Keeping Illinois on the Outside Looking In

When Illinois Basketball’s leading scorer and rebounder, Rayvonte Rice, broke his wrist the season appeared to be lost, but thanks to an upset win over #11 Maryland the Fighting Illini are back in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament bid. Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has the Fighting Illini as an 11 seed, but there is still one glaring blemish on Illinois tournament resume that needs to...
Via Sports Mockery
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago’s Newest Star Is A Must Have For Fighting Illini

Marcus LoVett Jr. is a 6’0 senior from Chicago Morgan Park. A point guard that was at the top of all rankings at the beginning of his high school career but due to multiple transfers LoVett has fallen to being ranked #91 according to YahooSports. The 4 star prospect currently holds offers from Illinois, Kansas, St. Johns, San Diego State and Tennessee among others. The offers are...
Via Sports Mockery
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Beckman makes changes to Illinois coaching staff

Illinois is on the rise…at least that’s what making a bowl game will tell you. However, a 6-7 season would suggest there are still plenty of things to work on. That has led to much speculation over changes coming to the Illini staff. The speculation can end as of Thursday afternoon, as head coach Tim Beckman announced he was letting assistant coaches Tim Salem and Greg Colby...
Via Talking 10
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Clubhouse: Top-Ranked Illinois Men’s Golf Coach Mike Small

It may be extremely cold in Illinois, but that hasn’t stopped the Fighting Illini from being the No. 1 men’s golf team in the nation. Head coach Mike Small joins John Maginnes and Jeff Rude on The Clubhouse to talk about his team. Former PGA Tour pro John Maginnes, longtime Golfweek Senior Writer Jeff Rude, and extreme sports champion Will Christien co-host Back9Network’s...
Via Back9Network
21 days ago  |  Discuss

’15-‘ 16 Illini basketball season begins vs Maryland

You’ve heard the news: Rayvonte Rice is out indefinitely. Some reports say 3-6 weeks. Either way it’s enough to relegate this Illini basketball team to the NIT (or worse) for certain this year. And we’ve outlined below, Illinois NCAA Tournament at-large berth chances were very far-fetched, even with Rice, to begin with. So, if you’re heading to Assembly Hall to watch the...
Via The Sports Bank
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice Suffers Broken Wrist During Practice

The 2014-2015 season is off to a brutal start for the Fighting Illini. Before the season started, Darius Paul was dismissed from the team for drug related issues and Tracy Abrams tore his ACL. The Illini started 10-5, with painful losses in which they blew double digit leads to Oregon and Michigan. There was still a sliver of hope that the team could squeak into the tournament, but...
Via Sports Mockery
23 days ago  |  Discuss

5-Star Forward Announcing College Decision On Thursday, Do Illini Have A Chance?

On Thursday, January 8th, 5-star power forward Carlton Bragg will announce where he will be playing college basketball. The Ohio native will be deciding between Illinois, Kansas, and Kentucky. With the current Illinois basketball team in a rut, is there any chance Bragg picks the Illini? Playing Time Here’s what one Kentucky beat writer had to say about Bragg’s recruitment...
Via Sports Mockery
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Zak Irvin, Ricky Doyle preview Rayvonte Rice and Illinois

Zak Irvin and Ricky Doyle met with media Monday afternoon to preview the Michigan basketball team’s game against Illinois. They discussed improvements made over break, the Big Ten season and more. Watch Irvin’s comments in the embedded media player above or watch Doyle below. The post Video: Zak Irvin, Ricky Doyle preview Rayvonte Rice and Illinois appeared first on UM Hoops.com.
Via UM Hoops
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois College Basketball Rankings for the Week of Dec. 29

1. Illinois (10-3). Last week: 1 After easily dispatching Kennesaw State, Illinois enters Big Ten play riding a three-game winning streak. The Fighting Illini begin conference play on the road at Michigan and Ohio State. 2. Illinois State (7-4). Last week: 2 Illinois State had no trouble defeating IPFW for its second straight home win. The Redbirds open MVC play Wednesday against...
Via The Catch and Shoot
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 13: Illinois at Michigan Preview

Basics Who: Illinois (10-3) at Michigan (7-5) Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI When: 3:00 p.m., Dec. 30th, 2014 TV: ESPN2 Radio: 950 AM, 1050AM All eyes are expected to be on Jim Harbaugh when Michigan hosts Illinois on Tuesday, but this winter hoops matinee is also a pivotal game in Michigan’s season. After a disappointing non-conference campaign, Michigan has a fresh start...
Via UM Hoops
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois proves nothing has changed in Heart of Dallas Bowl loss

The Illinois Fighting Illini made a bowl game by the skin of their teeth this season, and a month’s worth of practices did nothing to change the trajectory of this team. Instead of showing improvement, it was more of the same for Tim Beckman’s crew in a 28-18 loss to Louisiana Tech. However, it wasn’t exactly the way we’ve become accustomed to seeing the Illini lose. Friday...
Via Talking 10
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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