The Illinois basketball team picked up win No. 9 Tuesday night against Dartmouth, and they continue to get some quality minutes from their freshman class. Malcolm Hill was the best of the bunch Tuesday with a career-high 10 points; but Hill, Kendrick Nunn, Jaylon Tate and Maverick Morgan all saw significant playing time against the Big Green. The freshmen combined for 17 points and only four turnovers.
Illinois raced out to a 12-point halftime advantage before holding on for a 72-65 win over Dartmouth Tuesday night at State Farm Center. The Illini were led in scoring by Champaign-native Rayvonte Rice with 13 points. Jon Ekey, Joseph Bertrand and Nanna Egwu added 13 apiece. Freshman Malcolm Hill enjoyed his best game so far as an Illini with 10 points and 4 rebounds. Illinois improves to 9-1 on the year.
Amber Moore scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Illinois to the most improbable of wins 71-70 over Seton Hall Monday night at State Farm Center. Illinois trailed by 20 points (63-43) midway through the second half before rallying for the one-point victory. Illinois improves to 6-5; they'll host UT-Martin December 21.
The Illinois men's basketball team got back on track Sunday with a blow-out win over Auburn. They say it was a great way to put the Georgia Tech loss behind them. Tougher games are on the way with Dartmouth Tuesday night, and then back-to-back Top 25 tests against Oregon and Missouri.
The Illini basketball team defeated Auburn 81-62 to improve to 8-1 on the season Saturday. Rayvonte Rice led the Illini with 22 points. Illinois made a season high 12 three-pointers.
The Illinois basketball team is headed back to Georgia this weekend. Sunday afternoon's game against Auburn will be their second game of the week in Atlanta. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has been there all week and has more on how they're turning the page after their first defeat.
The Illinois basketball team is moving forward after their first loss of the season Tuesday night, and head coach John Groce says there is no panic within the locker room. It might be easy to overreact after Illinois blew a 12-point lead in the final nine minutes of a 67-64 loss to Georgia Tech, but Groce says it all came down to a lack of execution. That is something he is hammering home in practice this week in hopes that they don't make the same mistakes again.
For the first time this year the Illinois men's basketball team will try to bounce back from a loss. It was a tough one Tuesday night losing in the final seconds at Georgia Tech. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns was with the Illini in Atlanta and has more on where the team goes from here.
The Illinois women's basketball team tried to do what the men could not - and that is beat Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Like the men, though, the women ran out of gas losing 93-69 to the Yellow Jackets. Illinois guard Sarah Hartwell, who transferred to Illinois from Georgia Tech, scored 9 points in her return to Atlanta. Illinois (5-3) hits the road on Saturday against Colorado.
The Fighting Illini led a 12-point second-half lead slip away en route to a 67-64 loss at Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. After trailing by 3 points at halftime, Illinois fought back to open up a 12-point advantage with 9:00 to go in the game. But the Yellow Jackets (6-3) closed the game on a 19-4 run to hand the Illini their first loss of the year.
Illinois junior Rayvonte Rice was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. The Centennial grad averaged 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in a pair Illinois victories over UNLV and IPFW. Aside from the numbers, Rice's impact was huge. He made some key baskets down the stretch against UNLV and clinched the IPFW game with a late steal.
The last two games for Illinois have come down to the final seconds, but John Groce's squad continues to find ways to win. The same was true Friday night as Illinois held off IPFW 57-55 at State Farm Center. Illinois led for much of the first half, but IPFW went on a 12-0 run to take command and take a 35-27 lead into halftime. As Illinois came out for the second half, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice put the team on their backs and the defense stepped up. Abrams scored 12 of his 15 points over the final 20 minutes. Rice scored a game-high 17 points, and came up with the biggest defensive stop of the game in the final seconds. Illinois improves to 7-0 on the year.
Tonight's Illinois basketball game vs. UNLV will air LIVE at 9:45 pm on CBS Sports Network. Here's how to find it:
Former Illini Jereme Richmond was sentenced Monday to three years in prison after he was convicted of harassing a witness. This comes after an incident back in April when Richmond threatened his probation officer. Since leaving Illinois, the former Mr. Basketball has faced numerous weapons charges, drug charges and probation violations. The Lake Co. Assistant State's Attorney told the Chicago Sun-Times it's possible Richmond could get out of jail in 18 months or less.
The Illinois basketball team will play it's first road game of the season Tuesday night at UNLV. It will be a big test for a young team playing it's first game away from home. It will be a new kind of adversity they haven't seen yet this year, and they will be leaning on their upperclassmen to lead the way.
Illinois used a 22-2 run to finish the game and finish off Chicago State 77-53 Friday night at State Farm Center. Jon Ekey led all scorers with 19 points. Joseph Bertrand, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice added 12 apiece for Illinois (5-0).
Illinois took the lead early and never looked back in a 78-43 win over in-state rival SIU Thursday night at State Farm Center. Freshman Jacqui Grant led the way with a game-high 15 points. Amber Moore and Ivory Crawford chipped in 14 apiece. The win is Illinois' 4th straight.
The Illinois men's basketball team hosts Chicago State Friday night. It's a series in which Illinois has never lost; they're 10-0 all-time against the Cougars.
Chicago Simeon junior forward D.J. Williams wasted no time committing to play for the Fighting Illini. Making his decision before his junior season, he's the earliest a Simeon player has ever committed to play Division I basketball.
Simeon head coach Robert Smith says it is important that Chicago kids play for their home state school, and he thinks Groce and his staff are changing the perception of Illinois hoops in the Windy City.
Extended interview with Illinois-commit D.J. Williams from Chicago Simeon High School.
Things have been "so far, so good" for the Illinois basketball team. They are one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten, but you wouldn't know it by the way they've played. They credit that to the leadership on the team, especially veterans like Tracy Abrams, Joseph Bertrand and others.
The Illinois basketball team is off to a 4-0 start heading into Friday's game against Chicago State, and one of the big reasons the Illini are still perfect has been the play of freshman point guard Jaylon Tate.
Illinois graduate senior Jon Ekey scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Illini's 81-55 win over Bradley Sunday night at State Farm Center. Four players scored in double figures for Illinois, who improved to 4-0 on the season.
The Illinois women's basketball team set a school record for largest margin of victory, blowing out Alcorn State 112-28 at State Farm Center Sunday afternoon.
Bonus video of John Groce talking about an article that was critical of Illinois fans and the Illini program.
Cliff Alexander, the nation's No. 3 recruit, picked Kansas over Illinois at a national televised ceremony this afternoon in Chicago. Here is our full interview with Alexander.
Cliff Alexander, the nation's No. 3 recruit, verbally committed to Kansas Friday afternoon, but not before teasing Illini nation first. Alexander, while making his announcement live on ESPNU, briefly picked up the Illinois hat, only to set it down and ultimately pick Kansas.
Quentin Snider signed a letter of intent to play for Louisville Friday morning, his high school coach Chris Renner confirms to WCIA's Matt Wettersten. Snider had previously given a verbal commitment to attend Illinois.
Illinois senior Amber Moore (27 pts, 19 reb) led the way, while freshman Jacqui Grant added a career-high 22 points to pace the Illini to a 93-70 win over Mississippi Valley State.
Illinois survived a bit of a scare from Valparaiso Wednesday night, and their dominance on the glass was a big reason why they came out on top. Nobody did a better job in that area than Jon Ekey. The Illinois State-transfer pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds.
Centennial's Michael Finke will wear his dad's No. 43 at Illinois.
Rice's 18 points, Ekey's 15 rebounds lead Illinois past Valparaiso 64-52
John Groce signs Top 20 class; local athletes sign for their colleges of choice
Amber Moore led the way with 23 points as the Illini beat Valparaiso 87-59
Extended interview with 4-star PF Leron Black, who will sign with Illinois on Wednesday
Tomorrow John Groce will sign the first members of his 2014 recruiting class. One of those players who can't wait to make it official is Memphis (TN) star Leron Black. The four-star power forward talked with WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten about what drew him to Illinois, and what kind of impact he thinks he can make.
The Illini basketball team will be back on the court Wednesday night against Valparaiso, and head coach John Groce says the Crusaders will be the biggest team they have faced so far this year. That comes with some concern after Jacksonville State pulled down 25 offensive rebounds against Illinois (2-0) Sunday.
Illinois freshman guard Jaylon Tate scored 10 points and had eight assists in the Illini's 24-point win over Jacksonville State Sunday. His performance is getting high praise from head coach John Groce, who said he expects big things from the Chicago Simeon product this season.
Illinois senior guard Joseph Bertrand recorded his first career double-double, leading Illinois to an 86-62 win over Jacksonville State. Bertrand scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds as the Illini improved to 2-0 on the season.
Champaign-native Rayvonte Rice scored a team-high 22 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in his Illinois debut to lead the Orange and Blue past Alabama State 80-63 in the season opener for both teams. Nnanna Egwu (10 points, 10 rebounds) tallied his second-consecutive double-double dating back to last season. Senior Joseph Bertrand added 14 points and 8 rebounds, while junior Tracy Abrams chipped in 9 points, while dishing out 3 assists.
The Illini women jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead before the Bradley Braves stormed back to stun the Illini 98-92 in both teams' season opener. It's the second straight year Matt Bollant's Illini have lost to the Braves.
Former Centennial Charger Rayvonte Rice will take the floor in a game for the first time Friday when the Illini open the regular season.
The Illinois basketball team only has ten scholarship players eligible to play this season. The starting line-up is experienced, but the Illini are counting on a young bench to give the team depth.
Illinois basketball coach John Groce said today point guard Tracy Abrams should be back on the court for Illinois' season opener Friday night. Abrams missed the team's last preseason game with a mild hamstring strain, but Groce said he will be ready to go against Alabama St.
While Illinois fans continue to wait for news on Cliff Alexander, John Groce is already getting to work on the Class of 2015. On Tuesday Groce landed a verbal commitment from Chicago (Simeon) 4-star forward DJ Williams.
The Illinois basketball team hosts Alabama State on Friday in the season opener and the team is trying to work out some of the kinks before the season starts.
The Illinois men's basketball team defeated Northwood (Michigan) 83-67. The Illinois women's basketball team defeated Cardinal Stritch 78-49. It is the final exhibition games for both squads. See highlights, interviews and a report from WCIA 3's Bret Beherns in the video above.
The media voted Michigan State the favorite in the Big Ten this season. Illinois was picked to finish 8th. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns was at Big Ten Media Day and has more on how John Groce continues to earn respect from his colleagues.
The Illinois basketball team gets almost a week-and-a-half in between their two exhibition games, giving head coach John Groce a chance to really get down to work with the guys in practice as they get ready to finish up the preseason.