Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

It's time to game plan

It's never too early to start thinking game plans, right? First-year Illinois coach Brad Underwood at least now knows where and how often the Illini will face each Big Ten opponent. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down three of Illinois' conference foes after Monday's opponent release:

Homecourt advantage?

Aug. 3 Illinois basketball & football chat

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 11:00am

Our basketball beat writer has officially added Illinois football to his coverage responsibilities, opening him up for questions on both Illini sports. Want to find out what caught his attention at football training camp so far this week? Interested in his take on the Illini basketball Big Ten schedule? Have volleyball or soccer questions?

Big ten hoops opponents released

CHAMPAIGN — The first season of the Brad Underwood era at Illinois will see the rebuilt Illini play what's become a typical challenging Big Ten slate, including home-and-away series with rivals Michigan State and Indiana.

Illini extend offer to Griffin

CHAMPAIGN — Zion Griffin's recruitment had just one school involved at one point this past spring: Division II St. Cloud State. The rising senior at Hinsdale South added a few low-major Division I offers after the April evaluation period, and the mid-major programs started getting involved earlier this month.

Fast rising in-state wing gets Illini offer

CHAMPAIGN — Zion Griffin's recruitment had just one school involved at one point this past spring: Division II St. Cloud State. The rising senior at Hinsdale South added a few low-major Division I offers after the April evaluation period, and the mid-major programs started getting involved earlier this month.

Second-chance opportunity for Black

CHAMPAIGN — Leron Black attended church services the third weekend of February 2016. That, in itself, isn't exactly notable. The Memphis native has a strong faith and grew up in the church.

But the timing was.

Top of the Morning, July 30, 2017

Of all the rigmarole that comes with putting on a wedding, there's one detail Ashlee Roderick doesn't have to worry about:

Her wedding cake.

The nationally recognized pastry chef is making her own.

"I never get to eat a true slice of cake," the owner of the Cake Artist's Studio in Champaign said. "So that makes it special."

Black: 'Why not us?'

Illinois redshirt junior forward Leron Black recalls one of his first meetings with new coach Brad Underwood and breaks down the Illini's and his own offseason improvements.

UNC, NCAA ready for a fight

The Aug. 16 showdown between the NCAA Committee on Infractions and adamant defendant North Carolina is drawing comparisons with a heavyweight championship fight.

Count the reasons ...

(1) There's a widely held view — though mistaken — that "certain schools" like Carolina are favored and border on untouchable.

Indianapolis guard gets Illini offer

CHAMPAIGN — Aaron Henry's recruitment has hit an entirely different level this month. After receiving an offer from hometown Butler at the end of June, the Indianapolis native has hauled in a flurry in the past few weeks.

Among those new offers came one from Illinois on Friday afternoon.