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#13 Illini are for real; win at #10 Gonzaga verifies

#13 Illini are for real; win at #10 Gonzaga verifies
Last year’s Illinois Fighting Illini started 10-0, just like this year’s team. They finished an awful 17-15. But those were the Illini of Bruce Weber, not John Groce. With the 85-74 win at #10 Gonzaga last night, the first year coach has now produced the fastest start for a rookie coach in school history. 11... Read more »

Perfect Illinois Hoops generates excitement

Perfect Illinois Hoops generates excitement
Football season is thankfully over. Good riddance, and time to move on to hoops. First-year head coach John Groce has the Illinois Fighting Illini off to a 6-0 start this season. He is just the third Illini coach to begin his UI tenure with at least six consecutive wins. Illini Win EA Maui Invitational; Paul... Read more »

'13 Illini hoops recruiting class gets even better

'13 Illini hoops recruiting class gets even better
The Tim Beckman hire is such a disaster that it requires FEMA aid, but so far the entrance of John Groce may be alright. It looks like this guy can really recruit. Monday afternoon Austin Colbert, a four-star center from Gill St. Bernards in New Jersey, announced his commitment to the Illini. He did it through Twitter; which is of course the new AP. Get ready “cuz this is the Colbert Report.” Expect a ton of Stephen Colbert jokes over the next four years...
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Illini offer special opening night tribute to John Groce

Illini offer special opening night tribute to John Groce
Illinois tips off the 2012-13 season on Friday, hosting Colgate at 7 p.m. at the Assembly Hall. In addition to being the season opener, it also marks the debut for new Fighting Illini head coach John Groce.   To recognize Coach Groce’s inaugural game, the Orange Krush student section encourages everyone in attendance to join... Read more »

Illinois big man Meyers Leonard joins Damian Lillard as Portland NBA Lottery pick

The Portland Trail Blazers made an interesting splash in the 2012 NBA Draft taking a point guard from a mid-major school that few people had heard off, and a project pick at center. They took Damian Lillard at #6 from Weber St. and a guy who played for someone named Weber in Meyers Leonard from... Read more »

Illinois star Brandon Paul fractures jaw in open gym session

Illinois star Brandon Paul fractures jaw in open gym session
Illini guard Brandon Paul will have to carry the load for Illinois college basketball next season. Especially now that Meyers Leonard is gone to the NBA (most likely the Milwaukee Bucks with the #12 pick). BP dropped 43 in the season’s biggest win over Final Four team Ohio State, but he was still largely inconsistent, and committed way too many turnovers. Paul will need to be the go-to guy in new coach John Groce’s first season. And his offseason preparing for that role just suffered a major setback...
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Illini big man Meyers Leonard at the NBA Draft combine (video)

Illini big man Meyers Leonard at the NBA Draft combine (video)
Former Illinois Fighting Illini Center Meyers Leonard greeted the media yesterday at the 2012 NBA Draft combine. Here’s some of what he had to say about the process...

Replacing Isaac Chew at Illinois: Deon Thomas?

Replacing Isaac Chew at Illinois: Deon Thomas?
With Assistant Coach Isaac Chew departing Illinois for Marquette, just weeks after he left Mizzou to join the Illini (More on the questionable professionalism of jumping ship like that so early here), the asst. gig is now opened up again. Top candidates include, surprisingly not Simeon coach Robert Smith, but Illinois State assistant Paris Parham, Florida State assistant Dennis Gates. And Deon Thomas. Yes, for Illini fans, Deon Thomas could soon become much more than just nostalgia and the answer to a trivia question...

Illinois beefs up front court with Sam McLaurin transfer addition

Illinois beefs up front court with Sam McLaurin transfer addition
New University of Illinois head coach John Groce got his second recruit today. The Illini announced today Coastal Carolina’s Sam McLaurin has signed a tender of financial aid and will transfer to Illinois for his final season of eligibility upon earning his bachelor’s degree in May. Because he will be enrolled as a graduate student... Read more »
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New Chief Illiniwek Logo revealed, merch for Illini Nation to Buy

New Chief Illiniwek Logo revealed, merch for Illini Nation to Buy
Chief Illiniwek was officially retired by the University of Illinois, under pressure from the NCAA in 2007. That ended a decades long tradition of the Chief dancing at halftime of college football and college basketball games. The very familiar, perfect circle Chief in a headdress logo was also retired, and if you wanted to get... Read more »