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  • Oct. 30 vs Washington University – 2 p.m.(Exhibition):  W 82-75


    Nov. 4 vs Lewis – 7 p.m. (Exhibition):  W 95-51


    Nov. 11 vs Southeast Missouri State – 8 p.m.:  W 81-62


    Nov. 13 vs Northern Kentucky – 5 p.m.:  W 79-64


    Nov. 15 vs McKendree – 7 p.m.: W 112-65


    Nov. 18 vs Detroit – 7 p.m.:  W 89-69


    Nov. 21 vs Winthrop – 7 p.m.:  L 84-80


    Nov. 24 vs West Virginia – 2 p.m. (NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, NY):  L 89-57


    Nov. 25 vs Florida St – 2 p.m. (NIT in Brooklyn):  L 72-61


    Nov. 29 vs North Carolina St. – 8 p.m. (ACC/BIG Ten Challenge):  W 88-74


    Dec. 3 vs VCU – 2 p.m. (Hoophall Miami Invitational in Miami, FL):  W 64-46


    Dec. 6 vs IUPUI – 7 p.m.:  W 85-77


    Dec. 10 vs Central Michigan – 2 p.m.:  W 92-73


    Dec. 17 vs BYU – 8:30 p.m. (State Farm Chicago Legends in Chicago, IL):  W 75-73


    Dec. 21 vs Missouri – 6 p.m. (Braggin’ Rights Game in St. Louis, MO):  W 75-66


    Dec. 27 at Maryland – 4 p.m.:   L 84-59


    Jan. 1 vs Ohio State – 6 p.m.:   W 75-70


    Jan. 7 at Indiana – 4 p.m.:   L 96-80


    Jan. 11 vs Michigan – 8 p.m.:   W 85-69


    Jan. 14 vs Maryland – 5 p.m.:   L 62-56


    Jan. 17 at Purdue – 6 p.m.:   L 91-68


    Jan. 21 at Michigan – 1:15 p.m.:   L 66-57


    Jan. 25 vs Iowa – 8 p.m.:   W 76-64


    Jan. 28 at Penn State – 3:30 p.m.:   L 71-67


    Jan. 31 vs Wisconsin – 8 p.m.:   L 57-43


    Feb. 4 vs Minnesota – 3 p.m.:   L 68-59


    Feb. 7 at Northwestern – 7 p.m.:   W 68-61


    Feb. 11 vs Penn State – 1:00 p.m.:   L 83-70


    Feb. 18 at Iowa – 1 p.m.:   W 70-66


    Feb. 21 vs Northwestern – 7 p.m.:   W 66-50


    Feb. 26 at Nebraska – 6:30 p.m.  W 73-57


    March 1 vs Michigan State – 8 p.m.:   W 73-70


    March 4 at Rutgers – 11 a.m.:   L 62-59


    March 8-12 at Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C. – Times TBD

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Brad Underwood

Underwood hired as Illini men’s basketball head coach

March 18 – University of Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman has taken the first step in helping Illinois Basketball return to a place of national prominence by hiring Brad Underwood as the 18th Fighting Illini men’s head coach.   “I am excited to welcome Brad Underwood, his wife Susan, and their three children to the Fighting Illini family,”…Continue Reading

Matt Bollant

Illini AD Whitman fires women’s basketball head coach

March 14 – University of Illinois Athletics Director Josh Whitman announced today that Matt Bollant has been relieved of his duties as head women’s basketball coach, effective immediately.   Bollant averaged 12 wins per year during his five seasons at Illinois.  He finishes with a record of 61-94 overall and 22-62 in Big Ten play.…Continue Reading

John Groce

Illini coach John Groce fired

March 11 – University of Illinois head men’s basketball coach John Groce has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately.   U of I Athletic Director Josh Whitman made the announcement today the Groce will no longer coach the Fighting Illini. Groce averaged 19 wins per year during his five seasons at Illinois, compiling a…Continue Reading

Illini fall to Rutgers

Illini drop Big 10 finale at Rutgers

March 4 – Malcolm Hill and Maverick Morgan each scored 16 for the Illini Saturday afternoon in Piscataway. But Rutgers’ DeShawn Freeman hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to lead Rutgers past Illinois 62-59.   Freeman hit the game-winner from the wing, before flinging Tracy Abram’s missed 3-point attempt into the student section.   Illinois led 44-34…Continue Reading

Illini beat Sparty

Illini beat Spartans on Senior Night

March 1 – Malcolm Hill scored 22 points to lead Illinois to a 73-70 win over Michigan State on Wednesday night.   Michigan State had a chance to win the game in the last 10 second, but Miles Bridges missed a layup when Illinois’ Te’Jon Lucas stripped the ball away.   Kipper Nichols made one…Continue Reading

Illinois beats Nebraska

Illinois takes down Nebraska

February 26 – Malcolm Hill scored 19 points and Illinois went on a 3-point shooting spree in the second half in a 73-57 victory over Nebraska on Sunday.   Tracy Abrams added 13 points and Maverick Morgan had 12 for the Illini (17-12, 7-9), who won their third straight road game and for the fourth…Continue Reading

Illini beat Northwestern at home

Illinois defense holds off Northwestern

February 22 – Malcolm Hill scored 18 points to lead Illinois to a 66-50 win over Northwestern on Tuesday night.   The two teams played a tight contest where the deficit didn’t grow larger than four points for much of the game. But Northwestern suffered an eight-minute scoring drought in the last 10 minutes and…Continue Reading

Illini beat Iowa

Illinois grabs road win over Iowa

February 18 – Malcom Hill scored 21 points and hauled down eight rebounds and Illinois held on for a 70-66 win over Iowa on Saturday.   Michael Finke, Jalen Coleman-Lands and Te’Jon Lucas each scored 12 points for the Illini (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten).   Lucas blocked Jordan Bohannon’s go-ahead layup attempt in the final…Continue Reading

Penn State beats Illini

Illinois loses home game to Penn State

February 11 – Payton Banks tied his career-high with 24 points, Lamar Stevens added 21 and Penn State beat Illinois 83-70 on Saturday.   Banks made three of Penn State’s seven 3-pointers and the Nittany Lions shot 56.9 percent overall. It was his fourth 20-plus game of the season and the sixth of his career.…Continue Reading

Illini beat Northwestern

Illinois snaps three-game skid with win over Wildcats

February 7 – Malcolm Hill scored 14 points and Illinois beat Northwestern 68-61 on Tuesday night.   Te’Jon Lucas, Maverick Morgan and Michael Finke each had 11 points, while Hill added nine rebounds for Illinois (14-11, 4-8 Big Ten).   Bryant McIntosh led Northwestern (18-6, 7-4) with 21 points, but he committed an uncharacteristic six…Continue Reading

Illini fall to Wisconsin

Illinois stifled by Wisconsin defense

January 31 – Ethan Happ scored 14 points and led the way in No. 10 Wisconsin’s 57-43 rout over Illinois on Tuesday night.   Wisconsin (19-3, 8-1 Big Ten) started the game with a 16-2 run and never trailed.   Much of the hot start came from the open 3-pointers Illinois allowed Wisconsin’s players to…Continue Reading

Illini fall to Penn St

Illinois comeback falls short at Penn State

January 28 – Shep Garner scored 18 points, Payton Banks added 17 and Penn State beat Illinois 71-67 on Saturday.   Tony Carr and Mike Watkins chipped in 13 and 10 points, respectively, and Watkins pulled down nine rebounds for the Nittany Lions who held on after leading by 20 at halftime. The win snapped…Continue Reading

Illini beat Iowa Jan 25 2017

Illinois continues home success with win over Iowa

January 25 – Michael Finke scored 17 points off the bench and led Illinois in a 76-64 win over Iowa on Wednesday night.   Illinois got off to a quick 10-0 start in the first few minutes of the game and never gave back the lead.   Offense was not a problem in a game…Continue Reading

Michigan beats Illinois

Michigan hands Illinois third straight loss

January 21 – D.J. Wilson scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half, helping Michigan build a double-digit lead in a 66-57 win over Illinois on Saturday.   The Wolverines (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten) lost to the Fighting Illini (12-8, 2-5) by 16 points Jan. 11 on the road.   Michigan’s Derrick Walton…Continue Reading

Illini fall at Purdue

Purdue dominates Illinois

January 17 – Illinois (12-7, 2-4) got 15 points from Maverick Morgan and 12 from Malcolm Hill but had no answer for the Boilermakers’ two post players in a 91-68 loss to No. 21 Purdue Tuesday night at Mackey Arena.   Center Isaac Haas had 24 points and six rebounds, and power forward Caleb Swanigan…Continue Reading


Illini falter late in home loss to Maryland

January 14 – Anthony Cowan scored a career-high 19 points and led Maryland to a 62-56 win over Illinois on Saturday.   Maryland (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) faced a better team than the one it dominated early in the season, but a sloppy second half from the Illini allowed the Terrapins to come back and…Continue Reading

Illini beat Michigan

Illini even conference record with win over Michigan

January 11 – Maverick Morgan scored 16 points, leading Illinois to a dominating 85-69 win over Michigan on Wednesday night.   Illinois (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten) changed up its lineup after its 96-80 loss to Indiana on Saturday and the improvements showed as six different players finished in double figures.   The Wolverines had a…Continue Reading

Indiana beats Illinois

Illinois falls to No. 25 Indiana

January 7 – James Blackmon Jr. scored 25 points, Thomas Bryant finished with 20 as No. 25 Indiana defeated Illinois 96-80 on Saturday for its first Big Ten Conference win of the season.   Illinois was scoreless for the first 6 minutes of the game, during which time the Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2) jumped out to…Continue Reading

Illini beat OSU

Illini grab first Big 10 win over Buckeyes

December 1 – Malcolm Hill scored 20 points to help Illinois close out a 75-70 win over Ohio State on Sunday night at State Farm Center.   Tracy Abrams added 16 points and Leron Black grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for Illinois.   Hill drove to his left for a layup to give the Illini a 71-67 lead with 55-seconds…Continue Reading