Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Conversation with The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Drew Hill

Few teams have as much combined hype between recruiting and the still potential on-court product than the Penny Hardaway-led Memphis Tigers. The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Drew Hill breaks them down:

How different is the vibe around this team — either from the team itself or the community — after the coaching change?

ILLINI HIGHLIGHTS: Evansville

Check out highlights of Illinois' dominant season-opening 99-60 win over Evansville, including big days from Ayo Dosunmu and Aaron Jordan.

Defense spurs offense in blowout Illini win

Illinois freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu, senior guard Aaron Jordan and freshman forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili discuss the Illini's season-opening victory Thursday night at State Farm Center.

'I know he's got my back'

CHAMPAIGN — Giorgi Bezhanishvili had two clear directives from Illinois coach Brad Underwood heading into Thursday night's game against Evansville.

Stay in line defensively. Rebound.

Dosunmu's debut lives up to hype, as Illini rout Evansville

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men's basketball wrapped up its 99-60 season-opening victory just before 9 p.m. Thursday at State Farm Center.

Media obligations for the Illini players were finished by just after 9:30.

Illini Basketball Report Card: vs. Evansville, Nov. 8, 2018

Player of the game:

Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu

Quick analysis: Illinois 99, Evansville 60

WHAT HAPPENED

Illinois' season opener couldn't have gone much better. The Illini pressured Evansville into a slew of turnovers, and their transition offense led the way in a 39-point victory.

WHAT IT MEANS

Underwood: 'It was sustainable effort'

Illinois coach Brad Underwood breaks down his team's 99-60 win against Evansville, which included a solid debut by freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu.

LIVE! Evansville

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois' defensive pressure was too much. So was its backcourt. The Illini forced 25 turnovers, five players finished in double figures and they topped Evansville 99-60 in their season opener at State Farm Center.

Aaron Jordan led Illinois with 19 points, while freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu's debut included 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

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UI Men's Basketball vs. Evansville

The Illinois Men's basketball team defeated Evansville 99-60 at State Farm Center in Champaign on Thursday Nov. 8, 2018.

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