Men's Basketball

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Nov. 30 Bob Asmussen Chat

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 11:00am

What do you think about Bill Cubit taking over at Illinois? What went wrong in Chicago? Will the Illinos men's basketball team honor Lo Henson with a win against Notre Dame? Our longtime college football and basketballl writer has the answers to these questions and anything else on your mind.

Arena ready for its close-up

CHAMPAIGN — The construction dust has settled, the new Lou Henson court is in place and the arena is awash in cushy Illini orange and blue.

"State Farm Center Renovation: Phase 4" will debut at Wednesday's true Illini home opener against Notre Dame, and fans who paid a pretty penny for their new seats are eager to see the new digs.

Top of the morning, Nov. 29, 2015

It's a big week for Illinois basketball, which returns to a renovated State Farm Center on Wednesday.

It's also a big week for how we cover Illinois basketball, as beat writer Marcus Jackson transitions out of Sports and onto A-1 as our community reporter. Staff writer Scott Richey will take his place after Wednesday's game against Notre Dame.

MBB notebook: Groce thankful for head athletic trainer

NICEVILLE, Fla. — The Illinois team that took the court Friday and Saturday at the Emerald Coast Classic was a much different outfit than the one that struggled through the first five games of the season.

Thorne's injury mars solid outing vs. Iowa State

NICEVILLE, Fla. — When the buzzer sounded on No. 4 Iowa State’s 84-73 win against Illinois on Saturday in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic, the players from the Illini made a beeline to the end of the bench to shake hands and hug big man Mike Thorne Jr.

MBB grades vs. Iowa State: Fair effort against Cyclones

The point guard controlled the game and was an instrumental piece in the Cyclones pulling away, finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the win. The junior also hit half of Iowa State’s free throw attempts and was a perfect 6 of 6 individually.

Fastener's Etc. Post Game Show 11-28-15

Fastener's Etc. Post Game Show 11-28-15: Play now!

Join Scott Beatty and Tim Ditman as they recap the Illinois v. Northwestern football game and the Illinois v. Iowa State men's basketball game, including highlights, interviews and your phone calls.


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No. 4 Iowa State 84, Illinois 73

College basketball writer Marcus Jackson wraps up the Emerald Coast Classic where the Illini fell in the title game to the Cyclones.

Plays of the Game - Iowa State

Not a good day to be an Illini.  Here are the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World WOW Plays of the Game from the hoopsters' loss to Iowa State.

Iowa State was getting it done on both ends early...

But so were the good guys...

Plays of the Game - Northwestern

For what may be the last time this season, it's the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World WOW Plays of the Game edition.

This first quarter score gave the Illini their only lead.

This gave the O & B life late and got Martin O'Donnell very excited.

And the heartbreaker...