Illini Outlast the Hawkeyes 70-66, Earn Season Sweep

On a beautiful, warm February day, the Illini pulled off an ugly road win against the cold-shooting Hawkeyes. Beating Iowa is always a pleasure, and earning the sweep against this bitter rival is one of the highlights of a difficult season. Illinois came out with Tracy Abrams in the starting lineup, a nod to his … Continue reading Illini Outlast the Hawkeyes 70-66, Earn Season Sweep

Comparing John and Lou, Part 1: Lou Henson’s First Five Illini Seasons

It's been a long bye week for Illini basketball. Things get going again with the game at Iowa Saturday afternoon. In the lull between games, there's been speculation about John Groce's job status (of course). It's actually been quieter than I expected, but because there haven't been any games – and partially because spring football … Continue reading Comparing John and Lou, Part 1: Lou Henson’s First Five Illini Seasons

Illini Miss Opportunity to Save Season in Loss to Penn State 70-83

Well, folks, that should just about do it. Illinois had an opportunity to keep momentum rolling, to show that their upward defensive trajectory wasn't an anomaly, to prove that they were coming together just in time to maybe squeeze into the tournament and save their coach's job. They blew it. There's no way to sugar … Continue reading Illini Miss Opportunity to Save Season in Loss to Penn State 70-83

Illini Plagued by Slow Start (Again) in Loss: Illinois 67 – Penn State 71

I've kind of put off writing this postgame report because each road game sees the Illini making the same errors. We're writing about slow starts, terrible defense, and stagnant offense ad naseam. That's Latin for, "makes you want to puke." Actually, it's Latin for "to the point of nausea," but close enough. So grab your … Continue reading Illini Plagued by Slow Start (Again) in Loss: Illinois 67 – Penn State 71