Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn announces he’s entering NBA draft

CHAMPAIGN — All-America center Kofi Cockburn of Illinois has declared for the NBA draft and hired an agent. He made the announcement on his social media channels and the Illinois athletic department confirmed it. Cockburn wrote that playing in the NBA has been a longtime dream and that it’s time to make the next step. […]

Big and bright, Illini’s Cockburn eyes deep NCAA tourney run

PITTSBURGH — Kofi Cockburn returned to Illinois for NCAA Tournament redemption. The first-team All-American center flirted with going to the NBA after the Fighting Illini got knocked out in the second round a year ago. But the 7-foot center returned for his junior year with his eyes on winning a title. Arguably the most dominant […]

Cockburn and Plummer help Illinois beat Michigan 93-85

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Illinois men’s basketball team kept its hopes for a Big Ten Championship alive with a 93-85 win at Michigan Sunday afternoon. A tight 82-80 game hung in the balance when Coach Brad Underwood decided to keep the faith in his Big Ten preseason player of the year, Kofi Cockburn, three […]

No. 22 Ohio State ekes out 86-83 win over No. 15 Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — The Illini men’s basketball team cut a 16-point deficit to one in the closing minutes of Thursday night’s game in Champaign, but Ohio State left town with an 86-83 win. The Buckeyes neutralized star center Kofi Cockburn in the low post, and it wasn’t until Cockburn fouled out, and coach Brad Underwood was […]

Cockburn leads No. 12 Illinois past slumping No. 19 Spartans

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Kofi Cockburn scored 27 points, Jacob Grandison had a season-high 24 and No. 12 Illinois held off No. 19 Michigan State 79-74. Illinois moved ahead of No. 15 Wisconsin and into a first-place tie with No. 5 Purdue in the Big Ten standings. Tyson Walker scored a season-high 26 points and […]

No. 13 Illini survive scare against Northwestern, 73-66

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois men’s basketball team survived a second-half surge from Northwestern to beat the Wildcats 73-66 Sunday afternoon in Champaign. Junior center Kofi Cockburn scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, his 13th double-double of the season. But head coach Brad Underwood says the Illini center didn’t enjoy the game. “Tonight was as […]

Frazier, No. 18 Illinois surge in 2nd half past Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Trent Frazier scored 23 points, Kofi Cockburn added 17 and No. 18 Illinois surged in the second half to beat Indiana 74-57. The Fighting Illini have won four straight overall and the last two on the Hoosiers’ home floor. Illinois is 17-5 overall. Race Thompson had 13 points and Xavier Johnson added […]

Cockburn’s 37 points power No. 18 Illinois past No. 11 Wisconsin 80-67

CHAMPAIGN — Snow and ice couldn’t stop the much-anticipated match-up of first place Big Ten teams last night in Champaign. No. 18 Illinois beat No. 11 Wisconsin 80-67 on a night that saw the Badgers arguably colder than the prevailing winds. Junior center Kofi Cockburn powered the Illinois offense with a game-high 37 points. Cockburn […]

Cockburn’s return helps No. 24 Illinois hold off Northwestern, 59-56

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn returned from a concussion and scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 24 Illinois to a 59-56 victory over Northwestern. Cockburn hit 10 of 17 shots and Illinois (15-5, 8-2 Big Ten) turned to Cockburn down the stretch. He scored 14 points in the second half. […]

Double-double machine Cockburn sends Illini past Maryland

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois men’s basketball team improved to 4-0 in the Big Ten with a 76-64 win over Maryland Thursday night in Champaign. It wasn’t easy. After his team squandered a 14 point first half lead, head coach Brad Underwood entered the team’s locker room at halftime. “It was very professional, very businesslike. And […]

Illinois men dominate Minnesota 76-53

MINNNEAPOLIS — The Illinois men’s basketball team blew the doors off ‘The Barn’ in Minneapolis Tuesday night, coasting to a 76-53 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Williams Arena. Illinois head coach Brad Underwood says he was relieved to find his team competitive after returning from a pause due to positive COVID tests on […]

Illinois men reclaim ‘Braggin’ Rights’ over Missouri 88-63

ST. LOUIS — The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team demolished Missouri in the 41st annual Braggin’ Rights game Wednesday night in Saint Louis. The final score was 88-63. Kofi Cockburn tallied 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the victors. He said he’ll enjoy his holiday travels a lot more after winning the border war […]

Illinois makes program-record 18 3-pointers in 106-48 win

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn scored 21 points with 11 rebounds and Alfonso Plummer and Jacob Grandison combined for nine of a program-record 18 3-pointers and 37 points in Illinois’ 106-48 win over St. Francis (Pennsylvania). Cockburn made 9 of 11 shots with four dunks and brought an intimidating defensive presence inside against the […]

Grandison and Plummer shoot Illinois to an 87-83 win at Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team beat Iowa 87-83 last night in Iowa City. Jacob Grandison and Alfonso Plummer hit 4 three-pointers each, and scored 21 points apiece to lead Illinois. The two sealed the game against an Iowa comeback, with Plummer draining a three-pointer with 80 seconds remaining. Grandison was […]

Cockburn’s career night lifts No. 14 Illinois to 94-85 win

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn scored a career-high 38 points to lead No. 14 Illinois to a hard-fought 94-85 win over Texas Rio Grande Valley on Friday night. Illinois started slowly, trailing the Vaqueros by as many as 12 points in the first half. Timely buckets from Cockburn and Alfonso Plummer helped the Illini […]