The dream of reaching the NCAA tournament is alive and well for most Illinois fans and while reaching the Big Dance is more than a long shot at this juncture, there’s a realistic possibility the Illini can make it with the way they’ve played of late.
The Big Ten on Friday released the matchups for the 2014-15 men's basketball season. The league will continue to play an 18-game schedule with Maryland and Rutgers joining the conference next season with each team playing eight teams just once — four home games, four road games.
Here's how it breaks down for the Illini.
According to a report today by the D-League Digest, former Illini Brandon Paul is set to resume his professional career in the NBA’s Developmental League.
After Illinois' recruitment of Quentin Snider, the Illini fell out of favor with 2015 point guard Jalen Brunson of Stevenson. The pursuit of Snider, the 2014 lead guard who committed to Illinois, only to back out during signing week to sign with hometown program Louisville, turned Brunson off.
Be sure to stay tuned to the Big Ten Network at the completion of today’s game between the Illini and Hoosiers from Assembly Hall to see the award-winning BTN show “The Journey” which will feature Illinois junior Rayvonte Rice.
Former Illinois guard Rob Judson on Saturday was named the director of basketball operations at Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Former Illini Meyers Leonard on Sunday was suspended one game by the NBA for an altercation that occurred on the court during Leonard and the Portland Trail Blazers’ win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
At tomorrow’s Big Ten media day, the league will announce the three teams voted as the top three entering the season and a five-player preseason all-conference team. It won’t provide a 1-12 list of the predicted order of finish, but an unofficial list put together by the Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist was released Wednesday.
Rayvonte Rice had a solid debut Thursday night in Illinois’ exhibition opener against McKendree at the State Farm Center on the same day he was recognized by CBS Sports as one of the top 20 transfers in the country.
Illinois players have received little to no attention in preseason publications forecasting the 2013-14 season and that’s to be expected with so many unknowns entering John Groce’s second campaign.