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Illinois Basketball: Projected Illini roster breakdown for 2017-18

The Illinois basketball team now has a new head coach and come November they will have a new looking roster as well. This program headed into this past season with high expectations of making the NCAA tournament because they had a senior-laden team. The likes of Malcolm Hill, Tracy Abrams, Maverick Morgan and Mike Thorne […] Illinois Basketball: Projected Illini roster breakdown...
Via Writing Illini
7 hours ago

Illinois Basketball: Remembering the careers of the Illini seniors

The Illinois basketball season came to an end in the NIT with a loss to the UCF Knights. Illinois won two games in the NIT, which is two more than I thought they would. They played tough and I greatly appreciated that. This team was led by the senior class this season. They had some […] Illinois Basketball: Remembering the careers of the Illini seniors - Writing Illini - Writing...
Via Writing Illini
11 hours ago

Illinois Basketball: Final game of season sums up John Groce era

The Illinois basketball season came to an end last night in a disappointing loss to the UCF Knights. This wasn’t a game I expected to win because it was a long flight to Florida with only one day’s rest in between games. But, nonetheless, this game ended the 2016-17 season in true Illini fashion. Illinois […] Illinois Basketball: Final game of season sums up John Groce era...
Via Writing Illini
13 hours ago

Illinois Basketball: Brad Underwood improves teams in year one

The reason the Illinois basketball team moved on from the previous regime was because they didn’t win games. It is as simple as that. Hiring a head coach like Brad Underwood will hopefully change that trend and Illinois will start winning once again. This is a program that has way too much pride to miss […] Illinois Basketball: Brad Underwood improves teams in year one - Writing...
Via Writing Illini
1 day ago

Whitman dips in to his past in hiring Nancy Fahey to lead Illini women’s basketball program

Josh Whitman came to the University of Illinois from Washington University in St. Louis. It was a massive step up the collegiate ladder, going from Division III to Division I.  So if anyone knows what it takes to make that kind of a jump it is Whitman. On Wednesday, Whitman dipped in to that past in order to re-build the Illinois Fighting Illini as he hired Hall of Fame coach Nancy...
Via Talking 10
1 day ago

Illinois Basketball: Who will benefit most from Underwood’s system?

Everyone should know that the Illinois basketball team now has themselves a real head coach. No, it is not Tony Bennett or Greg Marshall. However, it is a very talented coach with a nice track record as an assistant (Frank Martin and Bob Huggins) and as a head coach (Stephen F. Austin and OK State). […] Illinois Basketball: Who will benefit most from Underwood’s system? - Writing...
Via Writing Illini
1 day ago

WATCH: Brad Underwood Introductory Press Conference 3/20/17

University of Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman officially introduced Brad Underwood as Fighting Illini men's basketball head coach on March 20, 2017.

WATCH: Illlini Basketball Jamall Walker Practice Interview 3/19/17

Illinois basketball interim head coach Jamall Walker talks to media ahead of the Fighting Illini's NIT second round matchup with Boise State on March 20, 2017.

WATCH: Illini W Gymnastics Bridget Hodan - Post-B1G Championships - 3/18/17

Hear from Fighting Illini women's gymnastics junior Bridget Hodan after Illinois' second-place finish at the 2017 Big Ten Championships.

WATCH: Illini W Gymnastics Mary Jane Horth - Post-B1G Championships - 3/18/17

Hear from Fighting Illini women's gymnastics senior Bridget Hodan after Illinois' second-place finish at the 2017 Big Ten Championships.

Illini fans excited, OK State fans mad about Underwood leaving for Illionis

The Illinois basketball program has long felt like somewhat of a sleeping giant.Illinois is a large state school in the Big Ten, not far from the high school basketball mecca of Chicago. There’s some history of success, and there seems to be buy-in from the administration. All that’s been missing in recent years—so it seems, at least—is the right coach.Well the Illini might...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma State official learned Underwood took Illinois job via Twitter

After just one season at Oklahoma State, coach Brad Underwood is movin’ on up again, and the move was a stunner to some.ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Saturday that Underwood is departing Stillwater to join the Illinois Fighting Illini. Illinois has already confirmed Underwood as the new coach in a statement.Underwood, who coached the Cowboys just 24 hours prior in an NCAA Tournament...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois hires Oklahoma State's Underwood as new coach

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois has hired Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood as its new coach. Underwood spent three successful seasons at Stephen F. Austin before signing on to coach Oklahoma State for 2016-17. The Cowboys got off to a rough start to Big 12 play before rallying with a 9-1 stretch that landed them an NCAA Tournament bid. Oklahoma State fell to seventh-seeded Michigan...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Wes Lunt Illini Pro Day Interview | 3/16/17

FightingIllini.com's Cassie Carlson interviews quarterback Wes Lunt following Illinois Football Pro Day on March 16, 2017.

Illinois basketball: grading the loss against Michigan

The Illinois men’s basketball team had to win Thursday afternoon’s Big Ten Tournament second round matchup against the Michigan Wolverines if it wanted any chance of clinging on to a NCAA Tournament berth. That though was not the case, as the Wolverines went on to blitz the Illini. Illinois (18-14, 8-10) fell to Michigan (21-11, 10-8) in a game that was never really close. Michigan’s...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois fires head basketball coach John Groce after four straight disappointing seasons

The University of Illinois announced on Saturday that they have fired John Groce after five underwhelming seasons in Champaign as the Illini’s head basketball coach.Here’s the statement released by Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman on the decision: “I want to thank John Groce and his staff for their tireless efforts over these past five years,” Whitman said. “In many...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Should Illinois Basketball retain John Groce?

Following the 2012 season, former University of Illinois head coach, Bruce Weber was replaced by John Groce. In his first season at Illinois, Groce led the Illini to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. However, Groce’s success has spiraled downward and last season hit rock-bottom with a record of 15-19. This season, Illinois is 18-13 and will need to potentially win two to...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss
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