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Illini Coach John Groce talks ’14-’15, recruiting, NIKE (exclusive)

Illini basketball Coach John Groce was at Nike Town on Michigan Avenue in Chicago today to help promote the new Illinois athletics re-brand by Nike. The new uniforms were revealed yesterday. I had an exclusive conversation with John Groce where we talked about those uniforms, but also next fall’s team, specifically where all the twos and threes and wings will fit in the lineup...
Via The Sports Bank
6 days ago  |  Discuss

An early look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten

With the spring signing period underway and several key NBA Draft decisions out of the way, it’s time for our first look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season. Illinois (20-15, 8th place tie, NIT second round) · Arriving: Aaron Cosby (Seton Hall), Ahmad Starks (Oregon State), Darius Paul (Western […] The post An early look at who’s coming and...
Via Inside the Hall
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Early ’14-’15 Illini basketball season preview part 2: FRONTCOURT

When previewing the Illini basketball team for next season, (Yes, it’s not even April and we’re on to part two of our series (here’s part one Illini basketball recruiting) you’ll see there’s an excess of wing players and swingmen. You have a lot of 2s and 3s, but not a whole lot of traditional 1s and 5s. It’s difficult to designate a bunch of guys as “guards” and...
Via The Sports Bank
22 days ago  |  Discuss

5 non-NCAA Tournament teams likely to dance next year

SMU had their bubble burst and just missed out on the 2014 NCAA Tournament.  That won’t be the case next season as the Mustangs return a ton of talent and should get to the Big Dance.  Here are five teams that didn’t earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament this season but should be dancing next year. Here are five NCAA Tournament teams likely to regress next season. SMU Despite...
Via The Sports Bank
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Shifting Illini basketball focus from 2013-14 to 2014-15

Can you imagine what covering this Illini basketball team is like for someone who lives in Chicago? Easily the worst season since 1999, and perhaps the worst team since the 70s, during the roughest winter weather wise in a generation. So yes, driving 5.5 hours round trip to cover a last place team that often struggles to even put up 47 points in a game. Add in all the snow storms...
Via The Sports Bank
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

’14 Illini basketball equals ’99 ugliness due to same exact reason

The 1998-99 Illini basketball team was exceedingly brutal to watch. The 2013-14 Illini basketball season is just as unsightly. If not more so. Both teams could defend their tail off. Let’s give them credit for that. Defense was strong in both. But offensively? Well, watching Illini basketball run their half court offense is so painful that…How painful is it? I wrote a whole...
Via The Sports Bank
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

5’9″ Bogan point guard, Luwane Pipkins, may be the next big “little” thing

  Jerome Randle (Hales Franciscan – California), DJ Cooper (Seton Academy – Ohio), Sherron Collins (Chicago Crane – Kansas), Aaron Johnson (Chicago Hubbard – UAB), A.J. Rompza (Chicago Whitney Young – UCF), Ahmad Starks (Chicago Whitney Young – Oregon State, Illinois), Ryan Boatright (East Aurora – UCONN) are all guards from the Chicago land area that were under...
Via Sports Mockery
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Player Profile: Ahmad Starks

Ahmad Starks – No. 3 Redshirt Senior Chicago, IL Chicago Whitney Young 5’9″ 170 lbs. Point Guard Ahmad transferred to Illinois from Oregon State. Starks is currently sitting out this year and will return for his final year next season. Ahmad is a career double figure scorer at Oregon State averaging 10.2 PPG in 97 games. Starks came just nine points short of the 1,000 point...
Via Sports Mockery
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini PG transfer Ahmad Starks denied NCAA waiver; must sit

Oregon State transfer Ahmad Starks committed to the Illini and John Groce on the Tuesday night following Memorial Day. Starks is a native Chicagoan (Whitney Young H.S.) coming home to the state school. He applied for eligibility this season with a NCAA waiver. It was announced hours ago that he was denied. Therefore, he must sit out the season. Starks left OSU to be closer to his...
Via The Sports Bank
October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Groce extension, raise approved

University trustees have signed off on a $200,000 annual raise and contract extension for Illinois basketball coach John Groce. Groce's salary will increase to $1.2 million a year. His contract now runs through April 2018. In Groce's first season, Illinois finished 23-13 and defeated Colorado in the NCAA tournament before falling to Miami. Illinois on Wednesday also said...
Via AP on Fox
May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Ill trustees approve extension, raise for Groce

University trustees have signed off on a $200,000 annual raise and contract extension for Illinois basketball coach John Groce. Groce's salary will increase to $1.2 million a year. His contract now runs through April 2018. In Groce's first season, Illinois finished 23-13 and defeated Colorado in the NCAA tournament before falling to Miami. Illinois on Wednesday also said...
Via AP on Fox
May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Illini pick up PG transfer from BEAVERS

The Illini got one up on the Beavers tonight. Another point guard defects from the Pac 12 to the Big Ten. Oregon State transfer Ahmad Starks committed to the Illini and John Groce on Tuesday night. Starks is a native Chicagoan (Whitney Young H.S.) coming home to the state school. He could become eligible next season with a waiver. Yes, Groce has the Illini program on a recruiting...
Via The Sports Bank
May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Illinois basketball: Illinois adds Oregon State transfer Ahmad Starks

Ahmad Starks finally made it official that he will be transferring from Oregon State University to Illinois. ILL — Ahmad Starks (@astarks3) May 28, 2013 Starks, a 5-foot-9 guard, averaged 10.4 points as a junior with the Beavers. The Chicago native led OSU in the 3-point shooting, connecting on 64 of 162 (39.5 percent). He led the team in scoring in seven games. Starks...
Via STLSportsMinute
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Illinois basketball: Illinois adds Oregon State transfer Ahmad Starks

Ahmad Starks finally made it official that he will be transferring from Oregon State University to Illinois.ILL— Ahmad Starks (@astarks3) May 28, 2013Starks, a 5-foot-9 guard, averaged 10.4 points as a junior with the Beavers.The Chicago native led OSU in the 3-point shooting, connecting on 64 of 162 (39.5 percent). He led the team in scoring in seven games.Starks told Scott Powers...
Via STLSportsMinute
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Oregon State adds point guard Malcolm Duvivier late

Seeking to overcome the loss of transfer point guard Ahmad Starks and not signing former commit LJ Westbrook, the Oregon State Beavers added a point guard recruit for the 2013 recruiting cycle on Thursday, landing Canadian Malcolm Duvivier. His mother posted a Tweet with the news. Super Excited and Proud! Congrats to my son Malcolm Duvivier who has signed his [...]
Via Hoopniks
May 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Colorado 72, Oregon St. 68

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points, including six free throws in the final two minutes, as Colorado held off Oregon State for a 72-68 win Sunday night. Josh Scott added 17 points and Andre Roberson seven points and 10 rebounds for Colorado (16-7, 6-5 Pac-12), which overcame a seven-point second-half deficit. Roberto Nelson had 21 points and Ahmad Starks scored 20 points for Oregon...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Washington St. 71, Oregon St. 68

Mike Ladd had a career-high 23 points and Washington State held off Oregon State down the stretch Saturday afternoon for a 71-68 win. Brock Motum added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars (11-9, 2-5 Pac-12), who won their first road game in five tries this season. Ahmad Starks had 17 points and eight assists for Oregon State (11-9, 1-6). Starks was wide of the basket on a...
Via AP on Fox
January 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Overachievers and underachievers for Oregon State’s basketball team

Searching for Solace It’s been a mediocre start to the season for the Oregon State Beavers‘ basketball team, and you can tell they are suffering from some post Jared Cunningham withdrawals. What is there identity? Who’s the go-to scorer? Where is Cunningham’s replacement? These are the questions that have been left unanswered most of the season, as different players have...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Oregon St.-UCLA Preview

UCLA is back in the Top 25 and next faces a short-handed opponent, but it has unpleasant memories of the last meeting with Oregon State. The Beavers ended a 13-game losing streak to the Bruins last season but are winless in Pac-12 play entering Thursday night's matchup at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA (14-3, 4-0) has won nine straight to move back into the rankings at No. 24 after...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Oregon State falls 80-70 to No. 4 Arizona

Oregon State doesn't have the depth to be able to lose key players and still have success. Beavers head coach Craig Robinson alluded to that Saturday night after his team's 80-70 home loss to No. 4 Arizona that dropped Oregon State to 10-6 overall and 0-3 in the Pac-12. The Beavers felt the absence of sophomore forward Eric Moreland, who along with teammate Victor Robbins...
Via AP on Fox
January 13, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 4 Arizona 80, Oregon St. 70

Solomon Hill had 16 points, including five 3-pointers, to help the No. 4 Arizona Wildcats bounce back from their first loss of the season with a 80-70 victory over Oregon State on Saturday. The Wildcats (15-1, 3-1 Pac-12) were coming off a 70-66 defeat Thursday night just down the road against the Oregon Ducks. Arizona, which had made a habit of pulling off late wins, couldn'...
Via AP on Fox
January 12, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 4 Arizona rebounds, beats Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Solomon Hill had 16 points, including five 3-pointers, to help the No. 4 Arizona Wildcats bounce back from their first loss of the season with a 80-70 victory over Oregon State on Saturday. The Wildcats (15-1, 3-1 Pac-12) were coming off a 70-66 defeat Thursday night just down the road against the Oregon Ducks. Arizona, which had made a habit of pulling off...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Pac-12 Men's Basketball Recap: Ducks, Huskies Triumph In Rivalry Games

The Pac-12 regular season kicked off in style last weekend with the interstate rivalry games for the Ducks, Beavers, Huskies and Cougars.  Four teams entered, two teams left with a good start to their regular season campaigns. STORY #1: Oregon Surges In Second Half; Wins 79-66 Damyean Dotson had 21 points, and E.J. Singler scored 15 to go with nine rebounds as the Ducks...
Via Oregon Sports News
January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Inside the boxscore: Oregon 79, Oregon State 66

1. Damyean Dotson, a freshman from Houston, TX, set his career high three games ago against UTEP. He broke that against the Beavers with 21 points, including 15 in the second half. He also went to the foul line four times, which is twice his previous high. 2. Ahmad Starks had an excellent, and balanced, game. He made 4-8 2s, 4-8 3s to finish with a game high 22 points. In the...
Via Run the Floor
January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Oregon 79, Oregon St. 66

Damyean Dotson scored 21 points and Oregon used a 9-0 second-half run to hold off rival Oregon State 79-66 Sunday night in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams. E.J. Singler added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Ducks (12-2). Ahmad Starks had 22 points, and Roberto Nelson 18 for Oregon State (10-4). Dotson, a freshman guard, scored seven points in Oregon's 15-2...
Via AP on Fox
January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

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