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Head coach John Groce of the Illinois Fighting Illini protests a call against the IPFW Mastodons at Assembly Hall on November 29, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois defeated IPFW 57-55. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Illinois Squeaks By IPFW, 57-55

John Groce’s Illini (7-0) trailed by 8 points at halftime


Rayvonte Rice #24 and Maverick Morgan #22 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrate their 61-59 victory over the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 26, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Illinois Beats UNLV By A Bucket

Rayvonte Rice scored game-winner with 27 seconds left


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Illini Cruise To 77-53 Win Over Chicago State

Illinois is 5-0 on the season; 11-0 all-time against the Cougars.


John Groce (UPI/Bill Greenblatt file)

Illini Hoops Coach Touts Two Recruits

John Groce says Illinois had landed hometowner Michael Finke & Leron Black from Memphis.


Cheerleaders for the Illinois Fighting Illini perform against the Michigan Wolverines during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Illinois Loses Out On Prized Hoops Recruit

Chicago area’s Cliff Alexander picks Kansas over Illini


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Illinois Beats Jacksonville St. 86-62

It’s the 14th straight year the Illini open with two or more wins.


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Champaign Native Leads Illini Past Alabama St.

Illinois transfer Rayvonte Rice thrilled the fans with 22 points.


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Illini Hoops Adds Two Transfers

Jon Ekey from Illinois State (pictured) can play next season, while Aaron Crosby from Seton Hall must sit out a season.


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Helped By Blown Call, Miami Tops Illinois

Brandon Paul & the Illini finish the season on controversial note.


John Groce (UPI/Bill Greenblatt file)

Illinois Set To Face Colorado

Coach John Groce’s team is #7 seed in East regional.