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  1. Illinois announces departure of redshirt junior guard from program

    Feb 20, 2015, 1:34 PM EDT

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    Aaron Cosby was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules in late January.

  2. Illinois’ leading scorer could return Thursday night vs. Michigan

    Feb 12, 2015, 6:22 PM EDT

    Rayvonte Rice, Joseph Young

    Rayvonte Rice’s return would be a big deal for Illinois, with the key being how he meshes with much-improved sophomore Malcolm Hill.

  3. Illinois coach John Groce offers no update on Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby

    Feb 6, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Rice and Cosby had both suffered injuries this month before being suspended on Saturday.

  4. Illinois adds senior student manager to roster, will dress against Minnesota

    Jan 23, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT

    Illinois athletic department

    Due to several injuries, John Groce promoted one of his senior managers to the roster on Friday afternoon.

  5. Malcolm Hill, solid defensive effort push Illinois past No. 11 Maryland

    Jan 7, 2015, 11:51 PM EDT


    With an 0-2 league record and Rayvonte Rice out due to injury, Illinois put forth one of its best defensive efforts of the season to beat No. 11 Maryland.

  6. New Year’s Resolutions: Illinois Fighting Illini

    Dec 22, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

    Rayvonte Rice, Joseph Young

    Illinois has to get more offense around Rayvonte Rice before a road-heavy start to the Big Ten season.

  7. Transfer point guard will be key as Illinois looks to improve offensively

    Oct 11, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

    Ahmad Starks

    With Tracy Abrams sidelined for the season, Illinois will need Ahmad Starks to step forward as both a shooter and a distributor.

  8. Four-star 2015 shooting guard commits to Illinois

    Sep 23, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

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    Illinois now has three commitments in the Class of 2015, and there’s still a five-star point guard on the board that they’re pursuing.

  9. Illinois starting point guard suffers season-ending knee injury

    Sep 11, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

    Tracy Abrams

    Tracy Abrams will redshirt and return for his fifth year in 2015-16.

  10. Five-star point guard will decide between two schools on Wednesday

    Sep 8, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT


    One of the nation’s best point guards will be off-the-board on Wednesday.

  11. Illinois head coach John Groce takes the mound (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

    John Groce

    Groce’s pitch wouldn’t land him a professional contract, but it was a respectable effort.

  12. Head coach John Groce receives contract extension from Illinois

    Jul 24, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    John Groce

    Groce is under .500 in Big Ten play in his two seasons at Illinois.

  13. Could John Groce be receiving another contract extension from Illinois?

    Jul 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT


    John Groce was awarded a three-year extension last year.

  14. Illinois coach John Groce jumps in a raft of ice water during offseason Navy SEAL training (PHOTO)

    Jun 23, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    University of Illinois coach John Groce reacts against the University of Miami during their third round NCAA basketball game in Austin, Texas

    Illinois head coach John Groce jumped into a raft filled with ice water as part of offseason Navy SEAL training.

  15. Big Ten Tournament: Michigan survives late Illinois rally

    Mar 14, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT


    Michigan’s late-game execution helped defeat an Illinois rally, but should we be concerned about the Wolverines’ inability to defend?

  16. Caris LeVert would be at Illinois if John Groce had picked up the phone

    Mar 3, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    Caris LeVert

    Caris LeVert has been tearing up the Big Ten this season, averaging 13.4 points as one of the nation’s most improved sophomores. He’s been terrific, carrying the Wolverines at times when Nik Stauskas has struggled. Beilein has called him his most indispensable player. The craziest part about it is that LeVert wasn’t even supposed to…

  17. Illinois’ John Groce expresses regret over outburst Saturday vs. Michigan State

    Jan 22, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT


    After starting Big Ten play with wins over Indiana and Penn State, Illinois has hit a rough patch in the form of a four-game losing streak. The most recent of those defeats came on Saturday night, with the Fighting Illini dropping a 78-62 decision to No. 3 Michigan State in Champaign. On what was a…

  18. Illinois lands 2015 commitment from four-star guard Aaron Jordan

    Jan 5, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    John Groce

    John Groce and his Illinois Fighting Illini got more than just a 75-55 win over Penn State on Saturday afternoon. He also added to his 2015 recruiting class. Plainfield East High (Ill.) junior shooting guard Aaron Jordan told Groce he had made his committed to Illinois on Saturday, according to Marcus Jackson of the News-Gazette. The 6-foot-4…

  19. Illinois does their version of Taylor University’s “Silent Night”

    Nov 8, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

    John Groce

    On the outset, it would appear that Illinois was stealing Taylor University’s thunder by remaining silent for the beginning of their game against Nebraska-Omaha tonight. and then promptly erupting in cheers when the Illini scored their tenth point. On the Friday before final exams each year at Taylor University, the students gather in the quaint Odle…

  20. Illinois lands commitment from top-25 recruit Leron Black

    Sep 1, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

    Ohio Bobcats head coach John Groce (C) celebrates with assistants as his team plays the North Carolina Tar Heels in the men's NCAA Midwest Regional basketball game in St. Louis

    Following an official visit to Champaign, Ill. this weekend, White Station High (Tenn.) forward Leron Black, a top-25 recruit in the Class of 2014, committed to John Groce and the Illinois Fighting Illini. Marcus Jackson of the News-Gazette, reported the news first. “Before I came here this weekend, I knew Illinois is where I wanted to be,”…

  21. Former Kansas guard Anrio Adams transfers to Ohio University

    Jun 16, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

    CBE Hall Of Fame Classic

    On Saturday evening, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Kansas guard Anrio Adams would be transferring to Ohio University. Per NCAA rules, Adams will be forced to sit out for the 2013-14 season. Just finishing his freshman year though, Adams will have three years of eligibility remaining for Jim Christian. Kansas transfer Anrio Adams has committed…

  22. Darius Paul will transfer to Illinois

    May 5, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

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    In late April, MAC Freshman of the Year and arguably Western Michigan’s top returning player, Darius Paul, informed the coaching staff he was transferring out of the program. This came as a shock to head coach Steve Hawkins as Paul, the younger brother of former Illinois star Brandon Paul, averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds and…

  23. Demetrius Jackson to decide between Illinois, Notre Dame this week

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Xavier v Notre Dame

    Looks like guard Demetrius Jackson is ready to make his college decision. Brian Snow of Scout. com reports that he five-star point guard from Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian High School will choose between Notre Dame and Illinois on Thursday. The announcement will be televised. Snow spoke to Jackson’s AAU coach Rod Creech about the guard’s decision.…

  24. Top-100 guard Kendrick Nunn commits to John Groce and Illinois

    Sep 16, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    John Groce

    Kendrick Nunn, a Top-100 guard from Chicago, pledged his name Saturday to new Illinois head coach John Groce while on a visit to the campus, multiple outlets are now reporting. Nunn, who plays alongside one of the nation’s top prospects, Jabari Parker, at Simeon (Ill.), averaged 15 points per game last season and becomes the…

  25. 2013 center Maverick Morgan verbally commits to John Groce at Illinois

    Jun 14, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT


    John Groce secured the first commitment of his tenure at Illinois on Wednesday, as 2013 center Maverick Morgan tweeted his intentions to play for the Illini. Morgan, a 6-10, 235-pound native of Springboro, Ohio, joins guard Malcolm Hill as the two prospects committed to Illinois, with Hill having pledged his name while Bruce Weber was…