Illini Celebrate Big Ten Tournament Title, No. 1 NCAA Seed

INDIANAPOLIS — Giorgi Bezhanishvili and Kofi Cockburn were at a loss for words as they observed the spectacle of a Big Ten Tournament Championship Sunday in Indianapolis. “I was trying to collect the whole moment within me,” said Bezhanishvili. “All these people who I’ve been with every single day, working, and see them, so so […]

Dosunmu’s Return Powers Illinois Over Ohio State In Regular Season Finale

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu returned after missing three games with a concussion and facial injuries to help lead No. 4 Illinois, as the men’s basketball team rallied late to beat No. 7 Ohio State 73-68, Saturday at Value City Arena in Columbus. Dosunmu, protecting a broken nose with a face mask suitable for […]

Liddell, Buckeyes Romp Over Feckless Illini 87-81

CHAMPAIGN – The No. 14 Illini men’s basketball team dropped its second straight home game at the State Farm Center Saturday, with an 87-81 loss to the 21st-ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State. Two-time Illinois Mr. Basketball (as a player for Belleville West), E.J. Liddell, again haunted his home state school, dropping a career-high 26 points […]

Foul Trouble Plagues Illini In 71-63 Loss At Ohio State

COLUMBUS – The Illini men’s basketball team lost 71-63 last night at Ohio State. Big men Kofi Cockburn and Giorgi Bezhanishvili were in foul trouble from the opening tip. Cockburn picked up his first foul 14 seconds into the game.