Clemson brings an end to a mediocre Illini basketball season

Shout out to Senior Joseph Bertrand. We'll miss your #joetails

Aside from Jon Ekey’s brilliant last-second shot at Iowa to end the regular season, the late-game heroics attempts haven’t been kind to Illinois this season. We saw it when Tracy Abrams missed a shot to beat Michigan that could’ve helped boost the team a little closer to the real Tournament, and then sadly it was […]

BU collapse helps Illini avoid first-round NIT upset

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After being down 17 points late in the first half, the Illini managed to surge ahead and overcome Boston University in the first round of the NIT last night. The 2-seed Illini barely escaped the upset in the last few minutes of the game, pulling off a 66-62 win against the 7-seed Terriers. Both teams […]

Six B1G teams dancing this week

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I struggled with the headline a bit, because it only feels like 5 1/2 B1G teams are really going to this year’s NCAA Tournament, because Iowa may not even make past tonight’s play-in game vs. Tennessee. Nevertheless, they technically are participating in the field of 68 (though maybe not the field of 64) so that […]

Illini to face BU in first round of NIT

The Illini will face BU on Wednesday in the first round of the NIT.

Selection Sunday isn’t quite as fun when you don’t have a horse in the race, but I bet you never knew how exciting the NIT bracket show could be! Well, I don’t either because we left to go watch the hockey game right after the real Selection Sunday was completed. That being said, I was […]

Illini regular season ends with heartbreak

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No one expected Illinois to beat Michigan Friday afternoon, despite the impressive performance in Thursday’s 64-54 win over Indy. However, coming within 1 point of a win makes it almost worse, because the goal was within arm’s reach. The Illini had a chance to get the win with a last-second shot that looked pretty good, […]

Big Ten Conference Tournament preview

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March is just flying by, which means it’s almost time for the Big Dance! Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at one of the most exciting pre-NCAA Tournament events: the Big Ten Conference Tournament! This has been a wild year in the Big Ten, and either Michigan is going to win […]

8th place Illini to face Indiana in Conference Tourney

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The regular season has come to a close and despite a B1G record of 7-11, the Illini managed to finish off at a respectable 8th place. This is a team that spent some time at the very bottom of the pile, so I guess I’m OK with an 8th place ending. The Illini won 4 […]

Wolverines embarrass Illini on senior night

Shout out to Senior Joseph Bertrand. We'll miss your #joetails

Thank you Michigan for bringing me back down to Earth. After beating Michigan State in East Lansing over the weekend I had a small glimmer of hope that we could pull off a miracle and sneak into the Tournament. Well after last night’s 84-53 demolition derby, I am now reminded that we won’t be going, […]

Illini grab surpise win at ranked Michigan State

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Until the Conference Tournament ends, there is no reason to officially give up on our hopes to make it to the Big Dance this year. And surprise wins like last night’s 53-46 victory over Michigan State in East Lansing can help to keep that glimmer of hope alive. Nothing is impossible, though it would mean […]

Beating Minnesota, and other things for Illini fans to be happy about

Nunn is proving he deserves the starting spot; Photo by Cary Frye

Alright Illini fans, it’s time to face the facts. Barring a miraculous sweep at the Big Ten Tournament, the Illini are going to be sitting at home in Champaign on their couches come March. It feels great to have stolen a win at Minnesota on Wednesday, but looks like a case of too little too […]

Eight-game losing streak finally snapped for the Illini

Nunn is proving he deserves the starting spot; Photo by Cary Frye

I was beginning to worry that we’d never win another basketball game all season. There have been some tough efforts (vs. Iowa at NU), but an actual win has eluded the team since beating Penn State at home on January 4th. Until last night that is, when Illinois nabbed a 60-55 win in State College, […]

The Illini and I needed a break

Sunday’s loss at Indiana was just another checkmark on the losing list, bringing that steak up to 6 in a row for the Fighting Illini. While they were right in there for most of the game in Bloomington, they scored just 22 points in the second half, finishing off with a final of 56-46. Rayvonte […]

Okay Illini fans, it may be time to panic

Rayvonte Rice had a season-high 28 points vs UIC; Photo by Cary Frye

I could barely acknowledge in writing what happened on Sunday when Illinois lost at Northwestern 43-49, but after last night’s 66-58 home loss to Purdue, I can no longer ignore what may potentially be a downward spiral. The Illini have now dropped 3 in a row, with a conference record of 2-3. Though ugly, the […]

Badgers give Illini a beating they better remember

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Whoo-wee last night’s game was a stinker. I did not think we were going to go into Madison and win the game or anything, but I was hoping it wouldn’t be a repeat of last year. We may be a better team than last year (jury is still out), but Wiscy has definitely improved, and […]

Illini crack into the AP Poll at #23

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For the first time all season, the Illini are ranked! How fun! Nice that this happens right before we head up to Wisconsin where I just hope we don’t get our butts handed to us. This week, the Illini are ranked #23 on the AP Poll, while the coaches have them nowhere. This may or […]