For more than a month of the Big Ten season, the Illini were the doormat of the league. As loss after loss piled up, many wondered if this team would even show signs of growth let alone find another conference victory. Then something changed.
“We all bought in to Coach (Groce) and we bought in to each other”- Tracy Abrams
The result that buys? Wins in 5 of their last 7 games...
Michigan and Illinois are locked up in a close one during the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals. Illinois, very much needing a win over Michigan and then probably another one to make the NCAA Tournament, could have used these two points from their best player, Rayvonte Rice.
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Who: No. 8 Michigan (23-7, 15-3 B1G) vs. Illinois (19-13, 7-11 B1G)
Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
When: 12:00 p.m., Friday, March 14th, 2014
TV: ESPN | WatchESPN
Radio: MGoBlue, 950 AM, 1050 AM, XM/Sirius 91
More: Big Ten Tournament Bracket | Beilein | Stauskas | Pick to Click
It’s been a long time since Michigan had such a maneuverable path to...
After the Hoosiers made a late run to get within a point, a costly communication error on defense left Tracy Abrams wide-open for a 3-pointer. The junior guard had been struggling this season with his shot, but the ball found the bottom of the net, giving Illinois the cushion the team needed.
INDIANAPOLIS — Thoughts on a 64-54 loss to the Illini: Less than four minutes into Indiana’s opening round meeting with Illinois on Thursday afternoon in the Big Ten tournament, it appeared as though the Hoosiers would offer up little resistance to a Fighting Illini club that had come in with wins in four of its […]
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Indiana travels 50 miles north to Indianapolis on Thursday for the 2014 Big Ten tournament, where the 8th seeded Hoosiers will open opposite 9th seeded Illinois. The winner will advance to meet top seeded Michigan at 12 p.m. ET on Friday. The Fighting Illini are 18-13 overall and have won four of their last five games.
The game will be broadcast at 12 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network...
At some point in April, Nike is expected to unveil a new set of uniforms for all Fighting Illini sports teams. The re-branding has caused both excitement and nervousness among Fighting Illini fans, and rightfully so. Many of Nike’s previous re-branding efforts have ended in disaster.
Previous Nike Rebrands
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Nike’s most recent uniform rebrand was the uniform...
In John Groce’s second year as Illinois’ men’s basketball coach, the theme has been a lack of consistency. With considerable talent in Rayvonte Rice, Nnanna Egwu, and emerging star in Kendrick Nunn, the expectation of an NCAA tournament bid didn’t seem all too ridiculous; but an eight game losing streak in the heart of their Big 10 slate derailed those expectations. The beauty...
John Groce has been known as ‘an all over the place’ type of coach. His enthusiasm is what his Fighting Illini players like the most. Groce is constantly bouncing around, often providing plenty of GIF worthy material. We take a look at the best faces and expressions for John Groce this season.
The Hold Back
The Coat Throw...
Ladies and gentlemen, Jon Ekey.
Make that Jon Three-key.
Actually, what Illinois fans love to call the senior forward on social media is “3key” — perfect for a guy with a well-honed stroke from beyond the arc. It’s an undeniably cool nickname for a role player who spent three years at Illinois State before signing on for one final season of college ball with the Illini...
((ht: btn.com))Nothing says March Madness better than a buzzer beater. And while Illinois pulling out a last second win vs. Iowa wasn't in an NCAA Tournament game, it still was pretty impressive.Jon Ekey of Illinois was the guy with the clincher, dropping the 3 from the top left side of the 3-point line giving the Illini the 66-63 win over #24 ranked Iowa.
With just one Illinois basketball game left before the B1G Conference Tournament, the Fighting Illini season is rapidly coming to a close. Fighting Illini fans have already started thinking about next season; they have been for a long time. As the basketball season continues to wind down, speculation over next season’s roster will continue to build. One roster change that could...
The “Braggin’ Rights” battle between the University of Illinois and the University of Missouri continues on Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m., when both schools’ baseball teams clash at Busch Stadium.All tickets for the game are priced at $15 and include $5 Cards Cash loaded into the ticket barcode to be spent at any concession stand throughout the stadium. All seats for the...
In 2013 the Illinois Fighting Illini found a go-to receiver in senior Ryan Lankford. He emerged as the team’s primary target, like A.J. Jenkins and Arrelious Benn before him. And just like those Illini wide receivers, he’ll probably get drafted into the NFL.
Lankford wasn’t on anyone’s radar for the draft at all heading into his pro day. He wasn’t even invited to the combine...
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Tuesday night marks the final home game in the careers of fifth-year seniors Joseph Bertrand and Jon Ekey.
Each has experienced his own ups and downs throughout the last five years in college basketball.
Bertrand battled back from injury as a true freshman, a coaching change two years ago and prolonged stretches of losing each of the last three seasons.
Ekey dealt with a coaching...