Former Illinois coach John Groce signals a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 26.
Nati Harnik/Associated Press
April 05, 2017

Akron Hires Former Illinois Coach Groce

Akron has hired former Illinois coach John Groce to take over its program. Groce replaces Keith Dambrot, who surprisingly left his alma mater last week after a successful run to coach at Duquesne. Groce is familiar with the Mid-American Conference after spending four seasons at Ohio. He went 85-56 at the school and twice led the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament.


Curtis Lovelace and family after the conclusion of the second trial
Investigating Innocence.org
March 28, 2017

Curtis Lovelace: Life After A Not Guilty Verdict

Earlier this month, Quincy native Curtis Lovelace was found not guilty after the second trial that accused him of killing his first wife, Cory Lovelace. Curtis served as a prosecutor and before that played football for the University of Illinois. His former wife was also a college grad, and a stay-at-home mom for their four children. 


Centers Maverick Morgan with the Illini and Tacko Fall of UCF compete for the ball during their Wednesday night NIT quarterfinal game in Orlando.
University of Illinois Athletics
March 23, 2017

Illinois Ends NIT With 68-58 Quarterfinal Loss To UCF

Despite 29 points and a second-half rally from Malcolm Hill, Illinois lost to Central Florida 68 to 58 Wednesday night in NIT quarterfinal action at CFE Arena in Orlando.

The UCF Knights advance to the final four of the NIT, and will play TCF next week.


Nancy Fahey profile picture on Washington University website.
Washington University
March 22, 2017

U Of I Names New Women’s Basketball Coach

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman has announced that Nancy Fahey has been named the next women's basketball coach. She comes from Washington University in St. Louis, where she spent 31 years.  A member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, she's guided the Bears to an NCAA record five Division III National Championships.


New Illinois basketball coach Brad Underwood addresses the media, while his family and Illini athletic staff look on.
Heather Winters for Illinois Public Media
March 20, 2017

New U Of I Basketball Coach Underwood: ‘I Dream Big.’

New University of Illinois men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood says he’s honored to be taking over a program in a city he’s visited many times before. The former Oklahoma State coach and 18th coach in Illini history met with reporters for the first time Monday in Champaign. Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman says the two of them hit it off instantly in their first face to face meeting Saturday.


Former Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood reacts to a call against his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Ames, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall/AP
March 18, 2017

Illinois Hires Oklahoma State’s Underwood As New Coach

Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood is leaving Stillwater for Illinois after just one season, calling the chance to lead the Fighting Illini a "once in a lifetime opportunity." Underwood spent three successful seasons at Stephen F. Austin before signing on to coach Oklahoma State for 2016-17. "We were looking for a proven winner who would build upon our proud tradition while developing an unmistakable identity for Illinois basketball," Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman said in a statement. "Brad's teams play a fast, aggressive style and show unyielding toughness."


Leron Black and Malcolm Hill
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
March 14, 2017

Illini Men Run Past Crusaders 82-57

Interim Head Coach Jamall Walker picked up a victory in the Illini's NIT opener, 82-57 over Valparaiso at State Farm Center Tuesday night.  Malcolm Hill led the Illini with 25 points. Leron Black added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, as the Illini advance to the second round to face the winner of Boise State and Utah, who play later Tuesday evening.


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