Payne and Frazier help No. 25 Illinois hold off Nebraska 81-71

LINCOLN, Neb. — Fighting Illini men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood said last night’s game at Nebraska was one he’d been concerned about since the Big Ten conference schedule was published. Illinois prevailed 81-71 Tuesday night in Lincoln, but it took some late heroics by their reserve center “Maybe the coming out party for Omar Payne,” […]

Shorthanded Illini get past Notre Dame 82-72

CHAMPAIGN — The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team overcame illness and injuries to beat Notre Dame 82-72 Monday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at State Farm Center in Champaign. Illinois head coach Brad Underwood detailed some of his team’s ailments after the game. “I had not seen Jacob Grandison since we got home from […]

Turnovers doom Illini in a 67-66 loss at Marquette

MILWAUKEE — The Illini men’s basketball team faltered during crunch time Monday night in Milwaukee. Marquette’s defense denied Illinois a field goal for the final seven minutes of play, overcoming a 12 point deficit to nip the 10th-ranked Illini 67-66. Illinois head coach Brad Underwood was aghast at his team’s failure to close out the […]

No. 11 Illinois easily tops Arkansas State 92-53

CHAMPAIGN (AP) — Coleman Hawkins had 17 points on Friday night and No. 11 Illinois overwhelmed Arkansas State in a 92-53 blowout. Illinois welcomed guards Andre Curbelo and Trent Frazier back into the lineup. Curbelo finished with eight points, seven assists and four rebounds for Illinois (2-0), while Frazier, who returned from a shoulder injury, […]

Illini Stun No. 2 Michigan 76-53

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team shocked the college basketball world Tuesday night with a stunning 76-53 blowout over No. 2 Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ayo Dosunmu sat out his third-straight game under concussion protocol, allowing room for Trent Frazier to score 22 points and Andre Curbelo 17 from the guard […]

Illini’s 7-Game Winning Streak Snapped At MSU 81-72

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The winning streak is over for the Illini men’s basketball team, but the 23-year streak of NCAA tournament berths is still alive for Michigan State. The Spartans out-toughed the Illini en route to an 81-72 win last night in East Lansing. Illini Trent Frazier said his team was expecting the blunt […]

Illini Blast Gophers In Big Ten Opener 92-65

CHAMPAIGN — It didn’t take long for the Illinois men’s basketball team to bounce back from a tough loss at Missouri on Saturday in the annual Braggin’ Rights game. Kofi Cockburn scored 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the 13th ranked Illini dominated Minnesota in their Big Ten Conference opener. Cockburn credited teammate Trent […]