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Oregon knocks off Illinois at United Center, 77-70

Here’s a guest post by Josh Rosenblat, who was on hand for Oregon vs. Illinois at the United Center Saturday. Josh is part of the Inside NU team, which does a great job covering Northwestern sports. You can find more of Josh’s work here. CHICAGO — At various points throughout Illinois’ 77-70 loss to Oregon at the United Center, the Illini seemed poised to pull away. With...
Via The Catch and Shoot
4 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 24 Illinois tops American 70-55

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Malcolm Hill scored 13 points as Illinois defeated American 70-55 on Saturday. The Illini (7-1) only led by two points midway through the first half, but a 17-2 run put the Eagles (5-4) in an early deficit. American whittled the lead to eight with 10:42 remaining in the second half. But the Illini's Jaylon Tate had a three-point play and Hill drained a 3-pointer...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Revenge On Illinois’ Mind Against Miami?

  VIRAL – Fighting Illini Basketball Miami took down Illinois 63-59 against in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and now it is time for a rematch. One player remains from that Illini team in senior, Nnanna Egwu aside from injured senior guard, Tracy Abrams. Egwu played fantastic against Miami two seasons ago with 12 points and 12 rebounds, but a debatable call did not go in the favor...
Via Sports Mockery
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois beats Indiana State 88-62

LAS VEGAS (AP) Rayvonte Rice scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Illinois past Indiana State 88-62 on Thursday in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational. Malcolm Hill scored 17 points with eight rebounds, while going 11 of 12 at the free-throw line for the Illini (5-0). Nnanna Egwu, Aaron Cosby and Kendrick Nunn each had 10 points for Illinois, which is...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Have the Illinois Fighting Illini really turned a corner under John Groce?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Those words have great application in the belief that things were turned around for the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball program over the last few years. After all, we saw Illinois do some serious damage against its non-conference schedules the last few years, only to be burned by reality of the rough and tumble Big Ten....
Via Talking 10
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois' quiet Egwu ready to make some noise

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) In a gym full of players, reporters and photographers, Nnanna Egwu stands out, his head bobbing well above the crowd. But Illinois' soft-spoken, 6-11 forward strains to be heard over the echoing waves of media-day noise. It's a little like that on the court sometimes for Egwu. He's a defensive presence but, as coach John Groce will tell you, he sometimes...
Via AP on Fox
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Comprehensive 2014-15 Illini basketball season preview

With the college basketball season tipping off next Friday, this is your Illini State basketball “starting five,” the five biggest things you need to know/the five most pressing questions. As it’s the preseason, there are no “knowns.” There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there...
Via The Sports Bank
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini basketball: this year’s five biggest questions (answered)

With the college basketball season tipping off next Friday, this is your Illini State basketball “starting five,” the five biggest things you need to know/the five most pressing questions. As it’s the preseason, there are no “knowns.” There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there...
Via The Sports Bank
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Nnanna Egwu: perhaps Illini basketball’s most important player

In Guard Rayvonte Rice, Illini basketball has a true scorer who consistently attacks the basket in Derrick Rose like fashion. In big man Nnanna Egwu they have someone who looks up to Rose. Egwu was extolling the virtues of D Rose at Big Ten Media Day quite a bit. We know that Rose and the Chicago Bulls are going to have a special season. Perhaps their college hoops cousins Illinois...
Via The Sports Bank
November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Basketball Season Preview: Best Case / Worst Case for Each Player

Illinois Basketball begins the season on November 14th against Georgia Southern. In the days leading up to that game we’ll be previewing the team to get ready for the season. In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the potential highs and lows for each player following the Orange and Blue scrimmage and the Illini All-In event. Before diving into the scenarios for each player...
Via Sports Mockery
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini look to score more, return to NCAA tourney

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) A year ago, Illinois was preparing for a season of unknowns. Without mainstays Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson, the Illini's mix of veterans, transfers and a bunch of freshman started 7-0 but later slid into an eight-game losing streak. ''Last year we brought in nine newcomers,'' said coach John Groce, now in his third year. ''I hope we don't have to do that...
Via AP on Fox
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Sharma Set to Visit Illinois

Posted to Fighting Illini Recruiting2015 Power Forward Josh Sharma is taking a tour of midwest schools. Among the schools Sharma is visiting is the University of Illinois. Sharma, from Massachusetts, has already visited Penn State (June 10th) and Ohio State (June 11th). In addition to Illinois, his trip will also include Purdue and Xavier. Sharma is widely considered a top 100 recruit...
Via Sports Mockery
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini basketball replaces Terps (vs. Villanova) in Jimmy V. Classic

Illini basketball team will take on Villanova in the 2014 Jimmy V Men’s Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The teams will square off in the first game of a doubleheader at 6 p.m. CST from Madison Square Garden. ESPN will televise both games, each of which features a Big Ten side. It’s Indiana vs. Louisville in the prime time tilt. Illinois replaces Maryland – which due to scheduling...
Via The Sports Bank
June 02, 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

Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball Player Grades 2013-14

Fighting Illini Basketball –  This season for the Fighting Illini was a roller-coaster ride. Beginning 13-2 with wins over Missouri and Indiana had Illini fans thinking the team was tourny bound. However, the month that Illini fans are too familiar with of January, brought struggles for the young team. An eight game losing streak with losses to Northwestern and Purdue took the...
Via Sports Mockery
March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Basketball Season Review: Top 5 Games of 2013-14

The Fighting Illini basketball season came to an end on Sunday following a loss to Clemson in the 2nd round of the NIT. Calling the 2013-2014 season a season of ups and downs would be an understatement. After starting the season 13-2, the Fighting Illini lost 10 out of 11 games. The Fighting Illini ended the season on a high note, winning six of their final nine games with two of...
Via Sports Mockery
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Recap: Day 2 at the Big Ten Tournament

For more than a month of the Big Ten season, the Illini were the doormat of the league. As loss after loss piled up, many wondered if this team would even show signs of growth let alone find another conference victory. Then something changed. “We all bought in to Coach (Groce) and we bought in to each other”- Tracy Abrams The result that buys? Wins in 5 of their last 7 games...
Via Sports Mockery
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Fighting Illini’s Big 10 Tournament Chances

In John Groce’s second year as Illinois’ men’s basketball coach, the theme has been a lack of consistency. With considerable talent in Rayvonte Rice, Nnanna Egwu, and emerging star in Kendrick Nunn, the expectation of an NCAA tournament bid didn’t seem all too ridiculous; but an eight game losing streak in the heart of their Big 10 slate derailed those expectations. The beauty...
Via Sports Mockery
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Postseason Outlook

The 2013-2014 college basketball season is rapidly reaching its conclusion. Saying that the Fighting Illini have had a roller coaster season would be an understatement. With just three games remaining for Illinois until the Big Ten Tournament starts, it is time to assess Illinois’ postseason outlook for all three postseason tournaments. NCAA Tournament “You Are What Your Record...
Via Sports Mockery
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Player Profile: Nnanna Egwu

Nnanna Egwu Senior Chicago, Illinois Saint Ignatius College Prep 6’11″ 250lbs. Forward / Center High School Career Nnanna Egwu played for Saint Ignatius College Prep School in Chicago, Illinois. Nnanna’s first time playing basketball wasn’t until he was in 8th grade. However, he developed quickly and was ranked 70th in the 2011 ESPN 100. College scouts raved about Egwu...
Via Sports Mockery
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers fall to last-place Illini

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Freshman guard Kendrick Nunn hit five 3-pointers and led Illinois with 19 points as the last-place Illini beat Minnesota 62-49 on Wednesday night, putting a damper on the Gophers' hopes for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid. The Illini won for only the second time in their last 12 games thanks to some uncharacteristically good 3-point shooting and solid defense...
Via Fox Sports North
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Game Preview: Gophers vs. Illinois

Huge sigh of relief.  I've been terrified of that Northwestern game ever since it morphed into a must win thanks to that three game losing streak.  I know I usually like to do the 10 things post after the game and get all nerdy and stuff, but there was a little bit of a Sunday Fun Day going on and with the game not being until five I didn't really super pay attention.  I know...
Via Down with Goldy
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 22 Ohio State shuts down Illinois, 48-39

Aaron Craft scored 14 points and No. 22 Ohio State held Illinois to 28.3 percent shooting on the way to a scrappy 48-39 win on Saturday. Craft picked up two early fouls and spent two long stretches on the bench. But he was still the Buckeyes' best option on a tough offensive night for each team. LaQuinton Ross added nine points for Ohio State (20-6, 7-6 Big Ten), which trailed...
Via AP on Fox
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 22 Ohio State shuts down Illinois, 48-39

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Aaron Craft scored 14 points and No. 22 Ohio State held Illinois to 28.3 percent shooting on the way to a scrappy 48-39 win on Saturday. Craft picked up two early fouls and spent two long stretches on the bench. But he was still the Buckeyes' best option on a tough offensive night for each team. LaQuinton Ross added nine points for Ohio State (20-6, 7-6 Big...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-2015 Illini Back To National Stage

Fighting Illini Basketball – While this season of Illini basketball is starting to slip away, fans are slowly starting to look forward to the future instead of the present. Illinois loses just two of their current players next year in Jon Ekey, and Joseph Bertrand. The future is very bright for Illinois. Returning Starters with Experience Not only will the Illini return three...
Via Sports Mockery
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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