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Big Ten Tournament: Michigan vs. Illinois Preview

Basics Who: No. 9 Michigan (15-15, 8-10 B1G) vs. No. 8 Illinois (19-12, 9-9 B1G) Where: United Center (Chicago, IL) When: 12:00 p.m., March 12th, 2015 TV: BTN Radio: 950 AM, 1050AM Michigan and Illinois will face off one more time on Thursday afternoon after splitting a pair of regular season overtime games. The dramatic home comebacks, or road collapses, packed plenty of excitement...
Via UM Hoops
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois runs away from Northwestern 86-60

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Rayvonte Rice scored 19 points in his first start since early January and Illinois buried Northwestern with 3-pointers Saturday, 86-60. The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Illini (18-11, 8-8 Big Ten) and stopped a four-game win streak for the Wildcats (14-15, 5-10). Rice, who added seven rebounds, was one of five Illini to score in double figures...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, Fighting Illini Edition: Illinois vs. Michigan State Preview and Prediction

After nearly a week off following their upending of the rival Michigan Wolverines, the Michigan State Spartans are finally set to hit the hardwood once again. Continuing their string of foes they haven’t played, the Illinois Fighting Illini come calling to East Lansing, and bring another middle of the pack Big Ten record with them, meaning Michigan State will need to protect home...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois survives struggling Rutgers, 66-54

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Kendrick Nunn scored 21 points and Malcolm Hill added 15 to help Illinois survive a late rally against struggling Rutgers, 66-54 on Tuesday. Illinois led by as many as 17, but Rutgers closed to within eight at 62-54 with 2:36 to play on a 3-pointer by Kadeem Jack. With the Scarlet Knights forced to foul, Nunn hit a pair of free throws with 53 seconds left to...
Via AP on Fox
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Indiana closes strong on road to overcome Illinois

  The Hoosiers, Indiana coach Tom Crean believes, are turning into closers. Indiana closed out a pair of tough wins over the past week at home over first Ohio State and then Penn State. But on Sunday they weathered a storm on the road, falling behind early before pulling out a late win over Illinois, 80-74. "The Ohio State game, the way we closed that, the Penn State game, the last...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Indiana holds off Illinois, 80-74

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Indiana survived an early run from Illinois and battled back to beat the Illini on the road, 80-74. James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams led the Hoosiers (14-4, 4-1 Big Ten) with 21 points each. Blackmon hit a fast-break layup with 1:07 to play to give the Hoosiers a 75-72 lead that was too much for the Illini (12-7, 2-4). The Illini opened up an early 11-2...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2015  |  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

Tigers put up tough fight, but can't claim bragging rights with 62-59 loss to Illinois

ST. LOUIS -- Rayvonte Rice hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the last of his 19 points, giving Illinois a 62-59 victory over Missouri in the annual Braggin' Rights game on Saturday. Rice also had seven rebounds and three assists and Illinois (9-3) had a tougher time than expected against Missouri (5-6), which is rebuilding under new coach Kim Anderson. Ahmad Starks added 13 points...
Via AP on Fox
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers put up tough fight, but can't claim bragging rights with 62-59 loss to Illinois

ST. LOUIS -- Rayvonte Rice hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the last of his 19 points, giving Illinois a 62-59 victory over Missouri in the annual Braggin' Rights game on Saturday. Rice also had seven rebounds and three assists and Illinois (9-3) had a tougher time than expected against Missouri (5-6), which is rebuilding under new coach Kim Anderson. Ahmad Starks added 13 points...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers put up tough fight, but can't claim bragging rights with 62-59 loss to Illinois

ST. LOUIS -- Rayvonte Rice hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the last of his 19 points, giving Illinois a 62-59 victory over Missouri in the annual Braggin' Rights game on Saturday. Rice also had seven rebounds and three assists and Illinois (9-3) had a tougher time than expected against Missouri (5-6), which is rebuilding under new coach Kim Anderson. Ahmad Starks added 13 points...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red-hot Illinois defeats Coppin State 114-56

Champaign, Ill. (AP) After a close contest against Georgia Southern in its season opener, Illinois blew out Coppin State 114-56 on Sunday. The Illini (2-0) opened the game red-hot from the field, shooting 60 percent in the first half. Ahmad Starks and Leron Black led the Illini in points with 18 each, while Malcolm Hill added 13 points and nine rebounds. After Coppin State (0-2...
Via AP on Fox
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini bring back most of NIT team, minus Abrams

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) There is a moment last season that Illinois coach John Groce tends to emphasize when he talks to his team. It came in the 64-63 loss to Michigan that knocked the Illini out of the Big Ten tournament. Point guard Tracy Abrams' shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim and Illinois, a bubble team, was headed to the NIT instead of the NCAA tournament. It's a moment...
Via AP on Fox
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Hoops Starter Injured?

The start of college basketball season is still two months away, but one key member of the Fighting Illini might already be out of the season. There have been NO OFFICIAL REPORTS on the severity of the injury yet. Currently, the fear is that senior point guard Tracy Abrams has a torn ACL and/or MCL. Regarding Abrams, #Illini spokesman said this: "Coach is currently on road recruiting...
Via Sports Mockery
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

A final look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten

With the fall semester underway on many Big Ten campuses, it’s time for our final 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, eligible this season), Ahmad Starks (Oregon State, eligible this season), LeRon Black (247Composite […] The post A final look at who’s...
Via Inside the Hall
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini 2014-2015 Season Motto

Posted to Fighting IlliniJohn Groce sat down with Saturday Sports Talk on NewsTalk1400 WDWS-AM. They previewed the upcoming basketball season and the challenges that come with the increased depth the basketball team will have. “Guys are going to have to make sacrifices. Guys are going to have to sacrifice minutes. Guys that are not used to coming out of the game are going to have...
Via Sports Mockery
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Basketball Ranked in ESPN Fab 50 for 2014-2015

ESPN has released their top 50 teams for the 2014-2015 college basketball season. The Fighting Illini were ranked 41st. ESPN Insider: The Fab 50 for 2014-2015 Big Ten Breakdown How did Illinois rank when compared with their B1G foes? Here’s the breakdown. Wisconsin Badgers (#3 overall, 1st B1G) No surprise to see Wisconsin ranked as the best team in the B1G or among the top five...
Via Sports Mockery
May 01, 2014  |  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
April 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
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