Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

UI at 150: A janitor's son — and proud of it

Memory No. 1,399 on our special UI-at-150-and-beyond website comes from Kansas financial-services executive, film producer and Illini athletics donor PHILIP SARNECKI, who grew up in Homer and St. Joseph.

Illinois in Liddell's top three

CHAMPAIGN — Two down.

Three to go.

And yes, Illinois is one of the three schools still in the running to land reigning News-Gazette All-State Player of the Year and Illinois Mr. Basketball E.J. Liddell. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward out of Belleville West narrowed his list of possible schools — again — on Wednesday night.

Waiting on next domino

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CHAMPAIGN — Ayo Dosunmu hit a lot of boxes as Illinois' first 2018 commitment and first of an eventual eight newcomers, including six freshmen, for the coming season.

In-state recruit? Check.

Underwood 'on the mend' after knee replacement

CHAMPAIGN — The 2018-19 men's basketball season starts in roughly 2 1 / 2 weeks, and it's Illinois coach Brad Underwood that's coming off the disabled list to get back on the court.

Inside Illini Basketball: Liddell watch

National signing day is a little more than two months away.

Who will the Illini sign when the first day Class of 2019 commits can put pen to paper beginning on Nov. 14?

Brad Underwood and his staff have targeted the likes of EJ Liddell, Drew Timme and Quincy Guerrier, among others, in the Class of 2019.

Sept. 12 Illinois basketball, football & volleyball chat

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12:30pm

The official start of the 2018-19 basketball season is just 2 1/2 weeks away. Perhaps of more importance heading into that is official visits coming up next weekend for the Illini, with both Terrence Shannon Jr. and Oscar Tshiebwe expected on campus. Can Illinois get some positive momentum going in the 2019 recruiting class with a commitment? Who else remains on Brad Underwood and Co.'s radar?

Conversation with The Arizona Daily Star's Bruce Pascoe

Off-the-court issues plagued Arizona last season. On the court, the Wildcats suffered a disappointing loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Buffalo. The Arizona Daily Star's Bruce Pascoe weighs in on a new-look Arizona team — one Illinois could meet in the Maui Invitational — that will try to right the ship in 2018-19:

Beyond the arc: Villanova's success paying off on recruiting trail

There’s really no true offseason for college basketball. Here are three things that caught our college basketball writer and AP Top 25 voter’s attention in the last week:


Feeling himself again, Abrams gears up for second pro season

SLOBODA, Serbia — Moments happened during the 2016-17 season where Illinois fans saw glimpses of the old Tracy Abrams. The pre-season-ending injury (twice) Tracy Abrams.

Tipoff: Top 10 transfers sitting out in 2018-19

Maybe one day college basketball players could transfer without sitting out a season. For now? There will be players on the bench fans will clamor for in vain. Our college basketball writer ranks 10 of them coaches, teammates and fans alike would rather see on the court this season:

1. Marcus Carr, Minnesota