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Illinois basketball responds well to adversity…again

Adversity loves Illinois basketball, and apparently the Illini love adversity back. Twice this season the Illini found out bad news just hours before tip-off of a Big Ten basketball game, and for the second time in less than a month the team responded well to the news handed down to them. On Saturday morning, head coach John Groce announced returning guards RayVonte Rice and Aaron...
Via Talking 10
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Illini stars RaVonte Rice & Aaron Cosby suspended by Groce

RayVonte Rice and Aaron Cosby had a chance to return to action for the Illinois basketball team on Saturday. That chance turned in to a fat chance, as it’s being reported that both players have been suspended indefinitely by head coach John Groce. Big news from Champaign- Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby have been suspended indefinitely by John Groce per press release. #illini @wqad...
Via Talking 10
1 day 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
11 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
12 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
14 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
14 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
15 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
16 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
17 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
17 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
18 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
23 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
24 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
24 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
26 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 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

Fighting Illini Basketball Targeting Duke Transfer

Duke forward Semi Ojeleye has announced that he will be transferring from the school. The Fighting Illini are one of many schools pursuing the sophomore. Originally a member of the Class of 2013, Ojeleye was rated a four star recruit by ESPN. He chose Duke over Oregon, Indiana, and Stanford, but limited playing through one and half seasons with the Blue Devils has forced him to look...
Via Sports Mockery
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Photos: Illinois Is Wearing Awesome Throwback Uniforms For Today’s Rivalry Game vs. Missouri

For the Illinois men’s basketball team, today is one of the biggest games of the year.  It’s just a non-conference contest, but the Fighting Illini are taking on their rival, Missouri. The game has already tipped off and is being televised on ESPN.  For the game, Illinois is wearing awesome throwback uniforms. Check them out:  How about these #Illini throwback unis for #BragginRights...
Via College Spun
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois To Debut ‘Gray Ghost’ Uniforms During Homecoming Game (Photos)

Illinois will honor arguably the best college football player of all time when it takes the field during Homecoming. The Fighting Illini will debut their “Gray Ghost” uniforms to represent Harold “Red” Grange, who earned the nickname “The Galloping Ghost” during his tenure at Illinois. This is the 90th anniversary of his historic Homecoming performance against Michigan...
Via NESN.com
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini to debut Gray Ghost uniforms on Oct. 25

The Illinois Fighting Illini will be breaking out new uniforms on October 25 for their homecoming game against Minnesota. The Fighting Illini will be debuting the Gray Ghost unis, which will honor former player Harold “Red” Grange, the Galloping Ghost. More Gray Ghost uniform detail. #Illini pic.twitter.com/EhXbBV4ovl — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) October 14, 2014 Grange...
Via Total Sports Live
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Illinois Football Teases A ‘Gray Ghost’ Uniform That Will Debut Oct. 25

Illinois football has a bye this weekend, but the Fighting Illini are already starting to attempt to get people excited about their Oct. 25 contest against Minnesota.  This afternoon, Illinois football’s Twitter account tweeted out a photo of a “Gray Host” uniform that the Illini will wear against the Golden Gophers.  Check it out:  Debuting Oct. 25. #Illini Gray Ghost...
Via College Spun
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-2015 ITH season preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we continue our look at the Big Ten with the Illinois Fighting Illini. As John Groce enters year three in Champaign, an intriguing mix […] The post 2014-2015 ITH season preview: Illinois Fighting Illini appeared...
Via Inside the Hall
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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