1. Illinois Basketball: Predictions for Illini's 2014-15 Team Awards

    In 2013-14, Illinois' Rayvonte Rice was awarded the team's Most Valuable Player honor. Fellow transfer Aaron Cosby was given the team's Most Improved Player Award, despite sitting out the 2013-14 campaign after coming to Champaign from Seton Hall...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 18 days ago 4,372 reads 0 comments

  2. Illinois Basketball: Illini Who'll Take Biggest Leap Forward in 2014-15

    The 2014-15 version of Illinois Fighting Illini basketball enters the upcoming season with increased expectations...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 1 month ago 4,605 reads 0 comments

  3. Illinois Basketball: Analyzing Recently Released Big Ten Slate

    On Thursday, August 21, the Big Ten Conference released the 2014-15 conference schedule for what is now a 14-team league...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 months ago 2,179 reads 3 comments

  4. Illinois Basketball: What Nnanna Egwu Must Do to Meet Expectations as a Senior

    Nnanna Egwu 's freshman season stats: 1.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG , 0.6 BPG , 0.2 SPG , 9.8 MPG Egwu 's sophomore season stats: 6.5 PPG , 4.9 RPG , 0...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 months ago 2,060 reads 8 comments

  5. Illinois Basketball: Illini's Best Situational Lineups for 2014-15

    John Groce's Fighting Illini will have a much deeper roster in 2014-15 than they did a season ago. The Fighting Illini return all five starters, while adding transfers Aaron Cosby ...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 3 months ago 6,088 reads 1 comments

  6. Illinois Basketball: Toughest Individual Player Matchups for Projected Starters

    With the college basketball season tipping off in just four short months, it is never too early to look ahead at your team's opponents for the upcoming year. The Big Ten will be as deep as ever in 2014-15...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 4 months ago 2,829 reads 1 comments

  7. Illinois Basketball: Previewing Fighting Illini's 2015 Double-Play Matchups

    With the additions of Maryland and Rutgers into the Big Ten Conference, uneven scheduling just became even more predominant. In football, the B1G will be divided into two divisions of seven...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 5 months ago 3,192 reads 2 comments

  8. Illinois Basketball: Best Fighting Illini at Every Position from Last 9 Years

    Illinois has not made a Sweet 16 appearance since March 2005. That 2004-05 season ended in the national championship game, a heartbreaking loss to a loaded North Carolina Tar Heel squad...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 5 months ago 5,393 reads 16 comments

  9. Illinois Basketball: Strengths and Weaknesses of 2014-15 Fighting Illini Roster

    The 2013-14 Illinois Fighting Illini squad posted a 20-15 record, including a 7-11 mark in Big Ten play. John Groce's bunch had their highs and lows, but the season ultimately ended with a 50-49 loss at Clemson in the second round of the NIT...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 6 months ago 5,622 reads 4 comments

  10. Marquette Basketball: Strengths and Weaknesses of Golden Eagles' 2014-15 Roster

    Steve Wojciechowski , former player and assistant coach at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski, is the new head coach at Marquette University. Wojo's hire followed Buzz Williams' unexpected and puzzling decision to leave MU in favor of Virginia Tech...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 6 months ago 3,146 reads 1 comments

  11. Illinois Basketball: Getting to Know Fighting Illini's Stud Transfers

    The 2013-14 Fighting Illini featured only three returning players from John Groce's first Illini squad, those being Joseph Bertrand, Tracy Abrams and Nnanna Egwu ...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 6 months ago 4,980 reads 2 comments

  12. Illinois Basketball: Introducing Fighting Illini's 2014 Recruiting Class

    The 2014 recruiting process was an interesting one for coach John Groce and the Fighting Illini program, to say the very least...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 6 months ago 6,624 reads 3 comments

  13. Big Ten Basketball: Predicting This Weekend's Five League Contests

    This weekend, 10 of the the 12 teams in the Big Ten will take the court. Six teams will showcase their talents on Saturday, while four play on Sunday, leaving just bottom feeders Illinois and Penn State off for the weekend...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 8 months ago 2,019 reads 0 comments

  14. Illinois Basketball: Freshman Kendrick Nunn a Superstar in the Making

    Kendrick Nunn, who hails from Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, originally committed to play his college ball at Texas A&M. After later reopening his recruitment, Nunn committed to play for Illinois' new head coach John Groce in the fall of 2012...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 8 months ago 6,593 reads 6 comments

  15. Indiana Basketball: Breaking Down Saturday's Rematch at Northwestern

    On Saturday night, the Indiana Hoosiers will travel to Evanston , Ill. to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. Both teams have struggled as of late, with IU dropping their last three contests, while NU have lost four in a row...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 8 months ago 871 reads 2 comments

  16. Marquette Basketball: Stock Up, Stock Down for Golden Eagles Starters

    Following Saturday's win over Xavier, Marquette has notched victories in three consecutive contests, a season-high mark for the Golden Eagles...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 8 months ago 1,096 reads 0 comments

  17. Big East Basketball: How Each of the League's 5 Bubble Teams Can Go Dancing

    The NCAA tournament selection show takes place in less than a month, falling on Sunday, March 16, this year. Just three years ago, the Big East Conference sent a record 11 teams out of its then 16 to the Big Dance...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 8 months ago 2,190 reads 5 comments

  18. Illinois Basketball: Stock Up, Stock Down for Fighting Illini Starters

    John Groce's Illinois Fighting Illini have dropped 10 of their last 11 contests, posting a 3-10 Big Ten record, good for last place in the 12-team conference...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 8 months ago 4,002 reads 0 comments

  19. Illinois Basketball: 5 Burning Questions for Remainder of 2013-14 Season

    John Groce's Illinois Fighting Illini battled back from a 21-point first half deficit on Saturday night at home against Iowa, only to falter in the game's final minutes...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 9 months ago 3,775 reads 0 comments

  20. Northwestern vs. Wisconsin: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

    The Northwestern Wildcats pulled a stunning upset tonight in Madison, defeating the Wisconsin Badgers by a final score of 65-56. Drew Crawford led the way for Chris Collins' bunch, scoring 30 points for the winning team...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 9 months ago 487 reads 0 comments

  21. Marquette Basketball: How Golden Eagles Can Get Back into the Big Dance

    With an 11-8 overall record, including a 3-3 clip in Big East play, Marquette currently sits squarely outside the NCAA Tournament field...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 9 months ago 1,393 reads 1 comments

  22. Illinois Basketball: What Fighting Illini Need to Do to Get Back into Big Dance

    With a 13-6 overall record, including a 2-4 clip in the Big Ten, Illinois has gone from NCAA Tournament lock to bubble team on the outside looking in less than a two week span...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 9 months ago 3,175 reads 4 comments

  23. Illinois Basketball: Highs and Lows of Fighting Illini's Season Thus Far

    After a 7-0 start to the 2013-14 campaign, Illinois dropped games to Georgia Tech and Oregon, in which they held second half leads...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 9 months ago 1,169 reads 0 comments

  24. Marquette Basketball: Highs and Lows of Golden Eagles' Season Thus Far

    Marquette has certainly had its ups and downs through the season's first two months. Marquette entered this season as the favorite for the inaugural Big East, though its title contender status has been removed for the time being...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 9 months ago 671 reads 0 comments

  25. Marquette Basketball: 1 Pressing Concern for Each Golden Eagles Starter

    Buzz Williams and his Marquette Golden Eagles currently sit with a 10-7 record on the season, including a 2-2 mark in Big East play. Marquette next plays on Saturday afternoon against the Butler Bulldogs, a team without a league win to date...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 9 months ago 1,369 reads 0 comments