Jan 23, 2015, 6:30 PM EST
Due to several injuries, John Groce promoted one of his senior managers to the roster on Friday afternoon.
Jan 7, 2015, 11:51 PM EST
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.
Dec 22, 2014, 5:45 PM EST
Illinois has to get more offense around Rayvonte Rice before a road-heavy start to the Big Ten season.
Oct 11, 2014, 5:40 PM EST
With Tracy Abrams sidelined for the season, Illinois will need Ahmad Starks to step forward as both a shooter and a distributor.
Sep 23, 2014, 2:32 PM EST
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.
Sep 11, 2014, 4:39 PM EST
Tracy Abrams will redshirt and return for his fifth year in 2015-16.
Sep 8, 2014, 5:10 PM EST
One of the nation’s best point guards will be off-the-board on Wednesday.
Aug 23, 2014, 6:29 PM EST
Groce’s pitch wouldn’t land him a professional contract, but it was a respectable effort.
Jul 24, 2014, 8:45 PM EST
Groce is under .500 in Big Ten play in his two seasons at Illinois.
Jul 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EST
John Groce was awarded a three-year extension last year.
Jun 23, 2014, 9:20 PM EST
Illinois head coach John Groce jumped into a raft filled with ice water as part of offseason Navy SEAL training.
Mar 14, 2014, 2:33 PM EST
Michigan’s late-game execution helped defeat an Illinois rally, but should we be concerned about the Wolverines’ inability to defend?
Mar 3, 2014, 1:00 PM EST
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…
Jan 22, 2014, 5:46 PM EST
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…
Jan 5, 2014, 11:55 AM EST
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…
Nov 8, 2013, 8:49 PM EST
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…
Sep 1, 2013, 10:35 AM EST
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,”…
Jun 16, 2013, 10:34 AM EST
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…
May 5, 2013, 10:17 AM EST
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…
Sep 24, 2012, 5:35 PM EST
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.…
Sep 16, 2012, 1:18 PM EST
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…
Jun 14, 2012, 2:18 PM EST
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…
Mar 28, 2012, 11:32 PM EST
The long coaching search at Illinois has reportedly come to an end, as the Illini have finalized a deal with Ohio head coach John Groce, reports Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com. Groce had an overall record of 85-56 in four seasons with Ohio, including a Sweet 16 run this season. According to the Chicago Tribune, talks…
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