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Nunn, Tate, Starks can get Illini basketball to NCAAs

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
10 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
10 days ago  |  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
12 days ago  |  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
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini basketball needs some line-up changes immediately

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

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

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
April 17, 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

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
April 01, 2014  |  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
March 31, 2014  |  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
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