Illinois Rumors & News

  • Jalen Coleman-Lands becomes latest player to leave Illinois

    College Basketball Talk "The already-thin Illinois roster got thinner on Thursday afternoon. Evan Daniels of reported that sophomore guard Jalen Coleman-Lands has requested and received his release from the program. He will have to sit out next season but will have two years of eligibility..." May 26

  • 5-Star Illinois Commit Jeremiah Tilmon Requests Release from NLI

    Bleacher Report "Illinois commit and 5-star center Jeremiah Tilmon posted on Instagram on Wednesday that he would be requesting a release from his national letter of intent. Tilmon is considered the No. 7 center in the class of 2017 and the No. 18 player overall, according to The scouting..." April 05

  • UCF stymies Illinois, reaches NIT semis

    The Sports Xchange "During his eight seasons at Stanford, Johnny Dawkins twice directed the Cardinal to the NIT championship. Now his new school, Central Florida, is two steps away from the same accomplishment. Backstopped by 7-foot-6 sophomore center Tacko Fall, who blocked three shots and influenced numerous..." March 22

  • Illinois beats Boise State, advances to NIT quarterfinals

    The Sports Xchange "Seniors Tracy Abrams, Malcolm Hill and Maverick Morgan led a second-half rally that gave Illinois a 71-56 victory over Boise State in NIT second-round play on Monday night at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. With new head coach Brad Underwood observing from a suite, second-seeded..." March 21

  • Illinois hiring Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood

    ESPN "Illinois has found its next coach, hiring Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood after just one year with the Cowboys. A source told ESPN that Underwood agreed to a six-year deal worth more than $3 million per season. He earned a little more than $1 million per season at Oklahoma State and had four..." March 19

  • Illinois crushes Valparaiso in NIT opener

    The Sports Xchange "In its first game since head coach John Groce was fired, Illinois broke out to a big lead and rolled to an 82-57 victory over Valparaiso in first-round NIT action on Tuesday night at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. Second-seeded Illinois (19-14) got 25 points from senior swingman..." March 14

  • Illinois fires John Groce after 37-53 Big Ten mark in five seasons

    CBS Sports "Illinois fired John Groce on Saturday -- two days after the Illini lost to Michigan in their Big Ten Tournament opener. “Under [Groce’s] leadership, regrettably, we were not able to sustain the level of competitive excellence that we expect at the University of Illinois,” athletic director Josh..." March 11

  • Walton, Michigan fly past Illinois

    The Sports Xchange "Senior guard Derrick Walton Jr. scored 19 points, and Michigan overcame scary travel issues to beat Illinois 75-55 Thursday in the Big Ten tournament at Verizon Center in Washington. The Wolverines got off to a quick start and maintained a double-digit lead for the majority of the game...." March 09

  • Rutgers edges Illinois to snap six-game losing streak

    The Sports Xchange "Deshawn Freeman's 3-pointer with 10 seconds left gave Rutgers a 62-59 win over Illinois in the final game of the Big Ten regular season for both teams on Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers snapped a six-game losing streak. Illinois (18-13, 8-10 Big East) went..." March 04

  • Long-range shooting carries Illini over Huskers

    The Sports Xchange "Illinois drilled eight 3-pointers in the second half to pull away for a 73-57 victory over Nebraska on Sunday night in a Big Ten game at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. Senior swingman Malcolm Hill scored 14 of his game-high 19 points after halftime to lead the Illini (17-12, 7-9 Big..." February 26