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Wisch: Suddenly, The Fun Is Back For Illini Basketball

There’s NCAA Tournament hope in Champaign, and that couldn’t have been whispered two weeks ago.

670 The Score–03/04/2014

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Illinois Falls To Purdue 66-58

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.

01/15/2014

Illinois guard Tracy Abrams.  (Credit:  Ethan Miller, Getty)

Illinois Holds Off Indiana In Overtime, 83-80

Illinois sank five key free throws late to knock off Indiana in overtime 83-80 Saturday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

12/31/2013

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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

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

Wisconsin Grinds Out Win At Illinois, 74-68

Ben Brust scored 20 points and Wisconsin overcame a ragged start on Sunday to beat Illinois 74-68.

02/03/2013

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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

Tracy Abrams of Illinois and Aaron Craft of Ohio State battle for a loose ball. (Credit: Getty)

Illinois Rebounds With Win Over Buckeyes, 74-55

Brandon Paul scored 19 points and No. 11 Illinois bounced back from a tough loss in its Big Ten opener to beat No. 8 Ohio State 74-55 on Saturday.

01/05/2013

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Wisch: My Plea To Illini Fans During Basketball Season

Here on Basketball Eve, my dual pleas are for Illini fans to not expect too much, and for the Illini players to show us something.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2012

CHAMPAIGN, IL - DECEMBER 03: Mike Shaw #15 of the Illinois Fighting Illini tries to control a rebound against (L-R) Sam Dower #35, Gary Bell, Jr. #5 and Robert Sacre #00 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Assembly Hall on December 3, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois defeated Gonzaga 82-75. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Upsets No. 19 Gonzaga, 82-75

Meyers Leonard scored 21 points and helped Illinois hold No. 19 Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre to two second-half points Saturday in an 82-75 upset.

12/03/2011

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Illinois Defeats Maryland 71-62

Sam Maniscalco scored 24 points, Brandon Paul had 17 and undefeated Illinois pulled away to a 71-62 victory over Maryland on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

11/29/2011

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Illinois Routs Chicago State 90-43

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach Bruce Weber has sought meaningful minutes for his mostly inexperienced bench, and he finally got his wish in Sunday’s 90-43 win over Chicago State. Illinois (6-0) jumped to a […]

11/27/2011

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Schuster: Vindication

By David Schuster– It was just three years ago that Bruce Weber was being called an “incompetent” recruiter and a fisherman who couldn’t land the big one. The media and local boosters at Illinois were […]

670 The Score–10/31/2010