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Lou Henson, the basketball coach who led Illinois back into the national spotlight, has died at age 88.
Wake Forest transfer Chaundee Brown picked Michigan over Gonzaga and Illinois.
Wake Forest’s Chaundee Brown, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound wing, listed Gonzaga, Illinois, Iowa State and LSU as his final four in a tweet Saturday night.
After a dramatic victory at Michigan last weekend, Illinois coach Brad Underwood was asked about the fact that his team had taken sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
The Big Ten suspended Illinois guard Alan Griffin two games Thursday for stepping on Purdue’s Sasha Stefanovic.
First-year Gonzaga assistant Roger Powell Jr. is proficient at key tasks, but he’s also capable of adding a personal touch. He can compile scouting reports and then suit up and play with the scout team, demonstrating what the Zags might see from an opposing player.
Chase Garbers threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score, leading California to a 35-20 win over Illinois on Monday at the Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara, California.
Illinois defensive end Bobby Roundtree was speaking, eating and sitting up after severely injuring his spine in a weekend swimming accident near his Florida home, a school spokesman said Monday. Roundtree had surgery at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor on Sunday, a day after the accident, the university announced earlier Monday.
Zavier Simpson scored 16 points, Ignas Brazdeikis had 15 and No. 2 Michigan beat Illinois 79-69 on Thursday night, improving to 16-0.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 84-76 win over Illinois on Monday, Nov. 19, at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawaii.
The Zags made their 2018 Maui Invitational debut late Monday night on ESPN2 with a 84-78 win over scrappy Illinois, but that wasn’t the main event, at least not on television. And not with Bill Walton doing the analysis.
Giorgi Bezhanishvili is a University of Illinois freshman from Georgia – the one wedged between Turkey and Russia, not between Florida and Bubba – via Austria and a New Jersey high school. Somewhere in the pronunciation of his name, you can extract the word “bashful,” which he is decidedly not.
Gonzaga did something that defied all odds Monday at the Maui Invitational. The third-ranked Zags committed 14 turnovers in the first half – charges, errant inbound passes, ill-advised drives into traffic, forced passes after ill-advised drives into traffic – and still led by seven points. The Illini cut a 13-point lead to two on three occasions but the Zags held on for a hard-fought 84-78 victory before a packed crowd of 2,400 at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Follow along here for updates and analysis as the Gonzaga Bulldogs play the Illinois Fighting Illini at Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii. You can watch the game on ESPN2.
Gonzaga’s front-court tandem of Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke looks to have an edge inside against the Illini’s typical four-guard/wing alignment and freshman Giorgi Behanishvih, 6-foot-9 and 235.
Stephen Gentry’s frequent chats and text exchanges with Illinois coach Brad Underwood should resume later this week. They’ve been put on hold temporarily with third-ranked Gonzaga facing Illinois in a Maui Invitational opener Monday at 8:30 p.m. Pacific.
Carsen Edwards scored career-high 40 points and Dakota Mathias added 18, leading No. 9 Purdue to a 93-86 win at Illinois.
Illinois basketball coach John Groce was fired Saturday after an 18-14 season in which his team was ninth in the Big Ten. The Illini made just one NCAA appearance in his five seasons at the school.
Malcolm Hill will be considered one of the greatest players in Illinois history when his career ends later this month.