Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Ballot breakdown: Not just yet, Sparty

A look at how Illinois basketball beat writer — and Associated Press voting member — Scott Richey's polls compared to those of the AP:

Scott's Men's Top 25

Team Prev.

1. Virginia 3

2. Michigan State 4

3. Villanova 2

4. Xavier 1

5. Gonzaga 9

6. Texas Tech 6

7. North Carolina 12

8. Duke 13

9. Kansas 17

Marked improvement

CHAMPAIGN — College basketball's blue bloods made a strong recruiting push for Mark Smith last spring.

Kentucky coach John Calipari took a trip to Edwardsville. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski sent assistant Jon Scheyer in his stead.

ILLINI HIGHLIGHTS: Nebraska

Behind 28 points from Leron Black, the Illinois men's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 72-66 win over Nebraska, one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten. Check out the highlights here.

Illinois football players surprise 9-year-old with cerebral palsy

The members of the Illinois football team climbed up to the top of State Farm Center to give gifts to Colton Rahn, a 9-year-old from Tuscola who has cerebral palsy.

'No one can stop him'

CHAMPAIGN — Leron Black was the Illinois offense Wednesday at Indiana. Getting the redshirt junior forward involved early Sunday against Nebraska, then, was a no brainer.

Underwood: 'Everything we have to be about'

Illinois coach Brad Underwood breaks down his team's win against Nebraska before going deeper on the hustle play that defined the victory.

Notes: Black nets career high in Illini win

CHAMPAIGN — Leron Black was the Illinois offense Wednesday at Indiana. Getting the redshirt junior forward involved early Sunday against Nebraska, then, was a no brainer.

Effort play stands out in Illini win

CHAMPAIGN — A singular moment can define a season. Flip the narrative. Change expectations. The same can all hold true on a smaller scale in a single game.

Illinois certainly experienced the latter Sunday afternoon against Nebraska, but perhaps with a moment that can have farther reaching implications as the season winds to an end.

Frazier: 'Fight every night like that'

Illinois guard Trent Frazier discusses the Illini's win against Nebraska and the part Leron Black played in that, while the Illini forward gives credit to his teammates and breaks down his three-point shooting.

Illini grade vs. Nebraska: B+

Player of the game
Illinois’ Leron Black
No doubt about this one. The redshirt junior forward had 17 points at halftime and finished with a career-high 28 on 11-of-18 shooting, including 3 of 4 from three-point range. Seven rebounds rounded out a complete game.