Losing a senior starter is a big blow for the Illini.
Illinois’ Big Ten slate starts tough, but there’s opportunity for a strong finish.
John Groce is now under contract through the 2018-’19 season.
The basketball arena’s renovation budget would increase from $165 million to $169.5 million if the trustees agree. The extra money would cover additional costs related to a new scoreboard, video boards, marquee and other items.
Illini fans can only hope that the next great prep star will stay home in college.
Illinois has to play five home games outside Champaign next season, but that’s not such a bad thing.
John Groce suspended Darius Paul for an entire season, which was a proper move.
Paul had previously been arrested on charges of underage drinking and resisting an officer.
Illinois has a lot to prove next year after a strong finish to this season.
There’s NCAA Tournament hope in Champaign, and that couldn’t have been whispered two weeks ago.
College basketball has come to die in Chicago, where the five local teams have a .341 winning percentage.
Illinois would benefit from playing in any postseason tournament, including the third-tier CBI.
Illinois needs a pick-up from Aaron Cosby, Ahmad Starks and Darius Paul next fall.
Mike Thomas has plenty to accomplish to earn his pay raise.
The Illini’s poor start in conference play is all too familiar.
Illinois owned the lead at halftime Wednesday, and they owned an edge on the boards over Purdue that helped the Illini get there. All that changed over the next 20 minutes.
For the first time this season, Illinois (13-2, 2-0) has cracked the AP’s Top 25.
When it comes to weekends, Illini Nation’s was about on par with Bernie’s.
Even if the recruiting sky does fall in today, it’s hardly the end of the world for the Illinois program.
It’s not just a new season for the Fighting Illini basketball team.