Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Dosunmu on track to finish among Illini's best freshmen

If the season ended today, Ayo Dosunmu would finish with the fourth-best scoring average for an Illini freshman in program history. The Chicago native — who is averaging 14.2 points — is chasing these three individuals ahead of Sunday's noon tip at Iowa:

Scott Richey on Big Ten Basketball: Jan. 19, 2019

Each Saturday, we'll gauge the progress of Brad Underwood in getting his Illini back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013:

'High risk, high reward' system key to Illini's first league win

CHAMPAIGN — Jon Crispin must have been feeling prescient ahead of Wednesday night's Big Ten showdown between Illinois and Minnesota.

The former Penn State and UCLA guard turned Big Ten Network analyst called it a "perfect matchup" for the Illini because of their pressure defense and the Gophers' lack of a true point guard.

UI Men's Basketball vs. Minnesota

Illinois basketball beat Minnesota 95-68 during a game at the State Farm Center Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Champaign.

Asmussen | Finally, Coach can rest easy

CHAMPAIGN — Brad Underwood had been fighting a cold, turning his voice a bit on the raspy side.

He got a lot better Wednesday night.

"Winning really feels really good," Underwood said.

The losses don't go down well for the feisty coach. It impacts his life. Simple things like sleeping.

On Wednesday, the second-year Illinois boss figured to snooze like a newborn.

Underwood: 'A lot of things started to click'

Illinois coach Brad Underwood and freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu and Minnesota coach Richad Pitino break down Wednesday's 95-68 Illini win against the Gophers at State Farm Center.

Illini snap losing streak in emphatic fashion

CHAMPAIGN — Giorgi Bezhanishvili had something important he wanted to share before answering his first question after Wednesday’s game against Minnesota. The Illinois freshman forward eventually hit on what worked well for the Illini rebounding against the Gophers and how it played into their 95-68 victory, but not before …

Quick hits: Illini notch first Big Ten victory, routing Minnesota

What happened

A team playing its best half of basketball in the Brad Underwood era goes a long way in getting a win. Illinois did that with 51 points in the first half before taking down Minnesota to end its five-game losing streak.

'I actually deleted it off my phone'

CHAMPAIGN — The national conversation about the Big Ten last season was the conference, long considered a basketball power, was down. Just four NCAA tournament bids — albeit with a run to the national title game by Michigan — was the end result.