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    Iowa 83, Illinois 62 POSTGAME

    No more excuses I grew up on Illinois basketball, went to their summer basketball camps in HS and attended Illinois from 2002-2006. Have and always will be an Illinois guy. Why do we continue to accept the current state of our program and find ways to force positive narratives from this...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Rutgers, Tuesday, January 30th, 6:00pm CT, BTN

    Does Te’Jon start tonight instead of Mark Smith? I thought he and Trent played well together in the second half of the IU game. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (July-August 2017)

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    Illinois 92, Central Michigan 73 POSTGAME

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    Illinois 92, Central Michigan 73 POSTGAME

    Does anyone know what the final attendance number was for yesterday's game? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Central Michigan, Saturday, December 10th, 2:00pm CT, BTN Plus

    Does Alex Austin get some minutes against Central Mich to help defend Marcus Keene? I seem to recall AA doing a nice job defending Kris Dunn last year during the Providence game. We were a tip-in away from winning that game. Not sure if Tate and JCL (particularly JCL) have the lateral...
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    Illinois Basketball 2016-2017

    The way that I see it, we have five potential options on the roster next year (assuming Tracy is granted his waiver) for PG: 1) Abrams, 2) Tate, 3) Lucas, 4) Hill and 5) JCL. If the goal next year is to make the NCAA tournament, what do we need the most from the PG position to reach that goal...
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    Illinois Basketball 2016-2017

    Sounds like it's JCL. He's always had an interest in the College of Business and I think he met with Dean DeBrock during his on campus visit before he committed.
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    BIG Predictions

    Somewhere between 6-12 and 10-8. The first 4 games will tell us a lot. If we can survive that stretch with 1 or 2 wins we have a chance at 10+ conference wins. We wont be holding anyone under 60 points so the hope is that JCL can become a consistent 8-10 ppg scorer and have some games of 15+...
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    Notre Dame 84, Illinois 79 POSTGAME

    Just re-watched the second half from halftime to the 6:00 mark. We shot 15% from the field during this 14 min stretch, and we would have been down by 20 points if it wasn't for some made FTs and a few defensive stops. The strange part is we actually had pretty good looks, but the shots just...
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    Chattanooga 81, Illinois 77 POSTGAME

    Anyone remember the team meeting that Jerrance organized during the 03'-04' season when the team was reeling and needed some leadership? After that meeting, the team turned things around and the rest is history. Different set of circumstances this year, but I think an injection of team...
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    Illinois 80, NDSU 74 POSTGAME

    I can't think of a better team to challenge with a tough non-conference schedule. It's clear this team has a lot of individual talent, but will need to go through some growing pains to figure out how to win as a team. While North Dakota St is not Michigan St, today's win showed that this team...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2015)

    That is correct. I've taken that flight a few times when I go back to C-U.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2015)

    Will there be a live feed to XS's decision this afternoon?
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2015)

    Looks like you and I are on the same page about this, see below for my post from last night: This may have been mentioned, but one potential scenario is Simpson wanted to commit to Illinois after his OV. His father (who is also his HS basketball coach and heavily involved in the Ohio AAU...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2015)

    Simpsons dad also follows Groce on Twitter.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2015)

    This may have been mentioned, but one potential scenario is Simpson wanted to commit to Illinois after his OV. His father (who is also his HS basketball coach and heavily involved in the Ohio AAU circuit) suggests taking an OV to Wisconsin because of his respect for Bo Ryan and the program...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (September 2015)

    Badger nation is already doubting Simpson... don't think they deserve him. @BuckyfanMike: @TheBadgerNation This guy is a 4* and is I think 5'11? Anyone else think that's an issue? Here is my response/tweet to Xavier: @DallasIllini: @Xaviersimpson3 Badger nation not showing you love?!? Even more...
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    Jalen Coleman-Lands with stress fracture

    Knowing our recent luck with injuries and unfortunate situations, 4 weeks in a row wouldn't surprise me.
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    Jalen Coleman-Lands with stress fracture

    Bad news come in threes - two weeks ago it was DP getting kicked off the team, last week was the Beckman firing (which you could argue was good news given the circumstances) and today/this weekend could be news on JCL.
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    Jalen Coleman-Lands with stress fracture

    Well played sir, well played.
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    Illini Basketball 2015-2016 (Team/Schedule/Tickets)

    Despite the recent setbacks, the expectation should still be to make the NCAA tournament. Missing the tournament for 3 straight years would be a major setback for the program on a number of different fronts.
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    Darius Paul dismissed from team

    This is where I am at the moment. There are too many unanswered questions about the incident itself, who else from the team was involved, the extent of the damage, etc. If it turns out that DP was drinking by himself and/or was the only one causing trouble (as defined in the current press...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April-June 2015)

    Great points. What will it take to restore the status of the program? Back to back trips to the sweet 16? More players from the program drafted in the first round? Whatever the answer is, the next two seasons are not only make or break for Groce, but also for the program itself. Can we get...
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    Illini Basketball 2015-2016

    Hill/Nunn NBA Player Comparison If they both reach their full potential by the end of their senior year, I like the following comparisons for Nunn and Hill. Obviously these are not spot-on, but there are elements of comparability that are worth discussing. Nunn = Monte Ellis. Undersized...