Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Illini offering first look at 2014-15 team

CHAMPAIGN — Because of the State Farm Center renovation, there will be no Orange and Blue Scrimmage this season. That means no opportunity for fans to get an early look at the 2014-15 Illini prior to the lone exhibition game against Quincy on Nov. 7.

This week In Illini History: Happy 53rd, Derek Harper

Those celebrating birthdays this week include Derek Harper, Scott Weaver (41) and the Bruce Weber (58).

From '04 to '14: How things change

Got a question for our beat writer? Ask it here and he'll respond on Wednesday.

'Wojo' off to hot start at Marquette

Maybe it’s his reputation as a gritty, hard-nosed player at Duke. Maybe it’s the years of experience he racked up alongside Coach K on the Blue Devils sideline. Whatever it is, it’s working for Steve Wojciechowski at Marquette.

MJ's Q&A: Ryan Pedon

Ryan Pedon is entering his second season as Illinois special assistant to head coach John Groce. Among the former Toledo assistant’s responsibilities is preparing advanced scouting reports to the UI coaching staff, coordinating the summer basketball camps as well as the upcoming coaches clinic this weekend (Oct. 17-18) at the Ubben Basketball Complex.

Legends, Lists and Lore: 1914-15 Illinois basketball team

Ten years ago, coach Bruce Weber’s 2004-05 team went 37-2, won the Big Ten title and played in the national championship game. Thirty years ago, Lou Henson’s ’84-85 squad compiled a 26-9 record and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Eighty years ago, coach Craig Ruby’s ’34-35 club won the Big Ten crown and 15 of its 20 games.

Saturday SportsTalk 10-11-14

Saturday SportsTalk 10-11-14: Play now!

Steve Kelly is live in Madison, with Loren Tate in our Champaign studios.  Their guests include athletic director Mike Thomas, Brad Sturdy from rivals.com, basketball coach John Groce, Matt Daniels of the News-Gazette, and Wisconsin play-by-play voice Matt LePay.

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SportsTalk 10-10-14

SportsTalk 10-10-14: Play now!

Brian Moline delivers the latest in sports news, talks to Steve Kelly (who's in Madison for tomorrow's Illinois-Wisconsin game), and to News Gazette sports writer Fred Kroner about tonight's high school match-ups.

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Groce: 'I expect a lot'

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time during his stint at Illinois, John Groce has a team that knows what’s going on. In Groce’s first year, everyone was new to the system and the culture that the former Ohio coach brought to Champaign.

Hear from Groce Saturday morning at 8:45 on WDWS.

Loren Tate: This might be good

CHAMPAIGN — Like a breath of fresh air, basketball blew in front and center on the UI campus Thursday.

If you needed a pickup, coach John Groce was all energy and optimism while giving every indication that Illini Nation will see improvement from a team that missed last season’s NCAA tournament “by the hair on our chinny-chin-chin.”