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 Scout.com 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 Scout.com. 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

  • Illinois stymies Northwestern

    The Sports Xchange "Northwestern failed in its first attempt to set a school record for wins in a season, falling 66-50 to Illinois in a Big Ten game on Tuesday night at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. Illinois held the Wildcats to one field goal in the final 10:27. Northwestern finished with season lows..." February 21

  • Hill powers Illinois past Iowa

    The Sports Xchange "Illinois won on the road for just the second time this season, defeating Iowa 70-66 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at Iowa City, Iowa. Malcolm Hill led all scorers with 21 points for the Fighting Illini, including seven in the final 3:31. Iowa certainly had its chance. Jordan Bohannon, an..." February 18

  • Banks scores 24 to lead Penn State over Illinois

    The Sports Xchange "Junior forward Payton Banks rejoined the starting lineup and poured in a career-high-tying 24 points to pace Penn State to an 83-70 Big Ten win over Illinois on Saturday afternoon at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. Freshman forward Lamar Stevens scored 21 points and freshman guard Tony..." February 11

  • Illini end road skid with win at Northwestern

    The Sports Xchange "Malcolm Hill scored 14 points while three teammates added double-figure efforts as Illinois earned its first road win of the season, a 68-61 Big Ten victory over Northwestern on Tuesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. Maverick Morgan, Te'Jon Lucas and Michael Finke each added 11 as the..." February 07

  • Balanced attack helps Minnesota beat Illinois, snap skid

    The Sports Xchange "In a battle of Big Ten teams desperate for a victory, Minnesota's early second-half burst set the stage for a 68-59 victory over Illinois on Saturday afternoon in Champaign, Ill. Junior center Reggie Lynch paced a balanced attack with 15 points and six rebounds for the Golden Gophers (16-7,..." February 04

  • No. 10 Wisconsin defeats Illinois for 11th straight time

    The Sports Xchange "CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- After the first 10 minutes Tuesday night, 10th-ranked Wisconsin struggled to find the basket. Even so, the Badgers made sure Illinois never found a groove offensively. Holding the Fighting Illini to 27.6 percent shooting from the field, Wisconsin stayed in a tie with..." February 01

  • Garner, Penn State too strong for Illinois

    The Sports Xchange "Four Penn State players finished in double figures to help lift the Nittany Lions to a 71-67 win over Illinois on Saturday. Shep Garner led Penn State (12-10, 4-5 Big Ten) with 18 points. Payton Banks added 17 and Tony Carr and Mike Watkins chipped in 13 and 10, respectively, to help Penn..." January 28

  • Illinois ends skid with win over Iowa

    The Sports Xchange "CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Sophomore power forward Michael Finke came off the bench to lead a balanced effort as Illinois snapped a three-game losing streak with a 76-64 Big Ten win over Iowa on Wednesday night at State Farm Center. Finke scored 12 of his game-high 17 points in the first half for..." January 26

  • Michigan earns payback against Illinois

    The Sports Xchange "Junior D.J. Wilson scored 17 points and senior guard Zak Irvin added 15 points to help Michigan earn a 66-57 win over Illinois in a Big Ten Conference game on Saturday at Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten) avenged an 85-69 defeat at Illinois (12-8, 2-5) on Jan. 11, a loss..." January 21

  • No. 21 Purdue dominates Illinois

    The Sports Xchange "WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- When 7-foot-2 center Isaac Haas and 6-foot-8 power forward Caleb Swanigan are creating havoc on the same night, No. 21 Purdue is extremely good and extremely difficult to beat. Toss in 46.7 percent 3-point shooting and 20 of 22 from the free throw line, and an..." January 17

  • Brantley sparks Maryland to comeback win vs. Illinois

    The Sports Xchange "Junior guard Jaylen Brantley came off the bench to spark a second-half comeback that led Maryland to a 62-56 victory over Illinois on Saturday night at State Farm Center. Brantley, who had yet to score in the game, reeled off 10 straight points in a three-minute stretch to turn a 41-36..." January 14

  • Illinois scores Big Ten win over Michigan

    The Sports Xchange "Six players scored in double figures as Illinois improved to 9-1 at the State Farm Center with Wednesday's 85-69 Big Ten victory over Michigan. The Illini (12-5, 2-2) claimed their eighth win in 10 games as Maverick Morgan scored a team-high 16 points while Marcus Hill added 15. Kipper..." January 12

  • No. 25 Hoosiers snap losing streak with rout of Illini

    The Sports Xchange "No. 25 Indiana snapped a three-game losing streak by scoring the game's first 15 points in Saturday's 96-80 Big Ten home rout of Illinois at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. The Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2) reversed being outscored 13-0 at the start of a Tuesday home loss to No. 13..." January 07

  • Illinois hangs on for 75-70 win over Ohio State

    The Sports Xchange "After squandering an 11-point halftime lead, Illinois recovered down the stretch and held off Ohio State for a 75-70 victory on Sunday night in a Big Ten game at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. Senior swingman Malcolm Hill scored five of his team-high 20 points in the final three..." January 01