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Wisch: Illini Short On Expectations, Long On Experience

What exactly would you call this season for the University of Illinois basketball team?

CBS Chicago–10/03/2013

Illinois head coach John Groce. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wisch: How Far Can The Fighting Illini Go?

The last time Illinois and Colorado squared off in a game that truly meant something, the Fighting Illini fell far behind, staged a furious comeback and escaped with a dramatic one-point victory.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2013

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Buckeyes Beat Illini 68-55 On 19 By Deshaun Thomas

Deshaun Thomas, playing perhaps his final home game for No. 14 Ohio State, scored 19 points Sunday to lead the Buckeyes to a 68-55 victory over Illinois, keeping alive their hopes of a Big Ten title tie.

03/10/2013

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Illinois Survives Stubborn Nebraska, 72-65

Illinois used double-figure scoring from five players to hold off stubborn Nebraska Saturday, 72-65.

03/02/2013

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No. 7 Michigan Starts Slow, Tops Illinois 71-58

Trey Burke had 26 points and eight assists to help No. 7 Michigan bounce back from a slow start to beat Illinois 71-58 Sunday.

02/24/2013

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Illinois Blows Out Purdue 79-59

D.J. Richardson scored 18 points and Illinois opened up a big first-half lead that buried Purdue 79-59 on Wednesday night.

02/13/2013

Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: NCAA Tourney-Bound? Illini Basketball Still Has Work To Do

On Monday morning, a Facebook friend posted a status asking where people thought Illinois will be seeded in the NCAA Tournament. His guess: as a No. 8 seed.

CBS Chicago–02/12/2013

D.J. Richardson. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini’s Richardson Named Co-Big Ten Player Of The Week

A great week for the Illini got even better for guard D.J. Richardson.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2013

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Richardson Leads Illinois Past Nebraska 71-51

D.J. Richardson scored a career-high 30 points, Brandon Paul added 14 and Illinois ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-51 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday night.

01/22/2013

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Berggren, Jackson lead Badgers past Illini, 74-51

Jared Berggren scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds, and Traevon Jackson added a career-best 14 points to lead Wisconsin over No. 12 Illinois 74-51 Saturday.

01/12/2013

Tyler Griffey #42 of the Illinois Fighting Illini goes to the basket against the Norfolk State Spartans during the game at Assembly Hall on December 11, 2012 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

No. 10 Illinois Beats Norfolk St., Improves To 11-0

Brandon Paul scored 14 points and D.J. Richardson overcame a shoulder injury to add 11 and help 10th-ranked Illinois hold off Norfolk State 64-54 on Tuesday night.

12/11/2012

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No. 22 Illinois Beats Georgia Tech 75-62

Joseph Bertrand made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and scored every point in a 10-0 run to ignite No. 22 Illinois to a 75-62 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game.

11/28/2012

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Illinois Beats Butler 78-61 To Win Maui Invitational

Illinois caught a huge wave of scoring in Hawaii and rode it all the way to the Maui Invitational title.

11/22/2012

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Richardson Gives Illinois 78-77 OT Win Over Hawaii

D.J. Richardson drained a 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer, capping a comeback from a 16-point second-half deficit and giving Illinois a wild 78-77 victory over Hawaii on Friday night.

11/17/2012

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Illini Lose Again, 70-61 At No. 22 Michigan

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15 points and Evan Smotrycz added 13, helping No. 22 Michigan remain unbeaten at home with a 70-61 win over Illinois on Sunday.

02/12/2012

Derrick Nix #25 of the Michigan State Spartans goes up for a shot during first half action against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Assembly Hall on January 31, 2012 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Illini Upset No. 9 Michigan State, 42-41

Brandon Paul shook off a poor-shooting game to score 18 points, including two free throws with 45 seconds left that gave Illinois the lead in a 42-41 victory over No. 9 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

01/31/2012

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Wisconsin Downs No. 22 Illinois 67-63

Jordan Taylor scored 19 points and Jared Berggren added 18 to help Wisconsin upset No. 22 Illinois 67-63 on Sunday.

01/22/2012

Brandon Paul. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Trio Showing Shades Of Dee, Deron And Luther

D.J. Richardson, Brandon Paul and Joseph Bertrand are beginning to look a bit like Dee Brown, Deron Williams and Luther Head did back in 2003-04.

CBS Chicago–01/11/2012

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Barlow’s 14 Points Lead Purdue Over Illinois 75-60

Robbie Hummel didn’t have to do his usual damage for Purdue to overwhelm Illinois.

12/31/2011

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Richardson Leads No. 24 Illini Over Coppin State

In an attempt to slow the 7-foot-1 Illinois center, Mitchell and Coppin State turned to a zone-heavy defense, but the hot-shooting Illini handled it with ease in an 80-63 win over the Eagles on Sunday night.

CBS Chicago–12/12/2011

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