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CHAMPAIGN – Shoot better, defend better, rebound better, finish shots around the basket better.

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By MARK TUPPER

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CHAMPAIGN – This season’s version of Wisconsin basketball will never be confused for the historic group that captivated the country last year.

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CHAMPAIGN – The search for the next University of Illinois athletics director trudges on and the finish line could be in sight.

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CHAMPAIGN – Over the course of three decades covering University of Illinois sports, the subject of a coach’s job security has come up more ti…

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – There was a moment in the first half Tuesday when a burst by Illinois made Hoosier fans think they might be in for a real battle.

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CHAMPAIGN – One of Illinois’ injured players could make his return Tuesday at Indiana.

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CHAMPAIGN – Of all the lessons learned during this Illini basketball season, here’s one that is seldom considered:

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CHAMPAIGN – Before Sunday’s 14-point upset victory over 20th-ranked Purdue, talk of this Illini basketball team reaching the NCAA Tournament w…

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CHAMPAIGN – In the hallway not far from the Illini locker room, Lou Henson was making his way out of the State Farm Center, his face wrapped i…

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CHAMPAIGN – Fanged are being sharpened and torches are being lit by Illini basketball fans unhappy that the team’s 0-3 start in Big Ten play c…

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – A season that has thrown the Illini basketball team curveballs, knuckleballs and spitballs threw them a fastball on the …

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CHAMPAIGN – About 45 minutes before the Illinois-Ohio State basketball game tipped off Sunday, the blue-clad Illini were on the Value City Are…

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CHAMPAIGN – If you’re an Illini fan who hoisted your champagne flute at midnight on New Year’s Eve, there was no limit to the things you might…

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CHAMPAIGN – When the Illini coaching staff was game-planning for Wednesday’s Big Ten Conference opener against Michigan, head coach John Groce…

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CHAMPAIGN – While the rest of the world tries to vilify the two-year contract given to keep Bill Cubit in place, Illinois’ head football coach…

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Illinois hit one of its ugliest offensive stretches of the season in the second half of the Braggin’ Rights game Wednesday, a 10-minute stretc…

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CHAMPAIGN – It’s hard to say how it started or why it has become so commonplace, but the body of an athlete has become an open canvass for ink.

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CHAMPAIGN – Despite a bump or two while getting out of the starting gate, the search for a new University of Illinois athletics director is fi…

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CHAMPAIGN – Faced with what he called, “a hectic two weeks,” Illini football coach Bill Cubit is revamping his coaching staff including the na…

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CHAMPAIGN – When he was given a two-year contract as Illinois’ head football coach on Nov. 28, Bill Cubit didn’t need to be told he was enteri…

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CHICAGO – There was a time when Illinois’ non-conference date at the United Center dripped with pizzazz and prestige.

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Illinois beat Yale 69-65 Wednesday night. In an odd battle of give and take, Illinois clobbered Yale in the turnover column while Yale smoked …

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CHAMPAIGN – In his quest to tighten up a loose defense, coach John Groce was wanting to see a prolonged stretch in which Illinois smothered an…

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CHAMPAIGN – He’s in the college basketball Hall of Fame and has the University of Illinois court named in his honor.

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CHAMPAIGN – An hour before tipoff and there was no denying Wednesday felt like it could be a very special night inside the State Farm Center.

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CHICAGO – The University of Illinois has managed to break new ground in its odd quest to bring direction to its scandal-plagued football program.

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By MARK TUPPER

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For much of this season, the Illini injury watch has centered on Leron Black and Jaylon Tate.

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CHAMPAIGN – A decision on the fate of University of Illinois interim head football coach Bill Cubit will be coming on Sunday.

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SPRINGFIELD – For 39 minutes Monday night long shot Chicago State did nearly everything it needed to engineer what would have been the biggest…

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CHAMPAIGN – Rick George, identified in many circles as the No. 1 target to replace Mike Thomas as director of athletics at the University of I…

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John Groce looked like he was going to throw up. And who could blame him?

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CHAMPAIGN – Each time Bill Cubit appears these days, there’s an increased understanding that the guy is tackling two jobs at once.

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CHAMPAIGN – There are two ways to look at the chaotic mess that boiled over this week at the University of Illinois, the one that has resulted…

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CHAMPAIGN – It took about 25 minutes and a brief explanation Wednesday for John Groce’s one-player Illini recruiting class to double in size.

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CHAMPAIGN – Here are some quick looks at five candidates to become the full-time University of Illinois Director of Athletics, starting with P…

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Bill Cubit, the fatherly gent whose title as University of Illinois head football coach could expire in 20 days, nearly…

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CHAMPAIGN – For the first time in a long time, when the subject of Illini basketball injuries came up Friday, coach John Groce cracked a smile.

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CHAMPAIGN – With 27 days to go until the doors swing open to the public and to a national TV audience, the State Farm Center is a mess.

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CHAMPAIGN – There were some eye-catching final scores last Saturday in college football including a number of 100-point football games.

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In his dreams, Bill Cubit no doubt envisioned something wonderful happening Saturday on his return to his home state of Pennsylvania.

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CHAMPAIGN – It took Mike Thorne, Jr., one full period to start filling up the stat sheet, but once he got going in a recent Illini basketball …

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CHAMPAIGN – When Ke’Shawn Vaughn was shopping for a college, he looked for a place where he could slide into the shadows and pop out only occa…

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CHAMPAIGN – So much seemed to be falling into place Saturday on a windy, cloudy, autumn afternoon that reminded us we’re at the portion of the…

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CHAMPAIGN – It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say Saturday’s homecoming game against Wisconsin is the most important game of the season for th…

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Whether it’s football or basketball, it’s no fun lately to deal with the latest Illini injury report.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The end of the game had been a blur Saturday and 30 minutes after it ended, Wes Lunt was just starting to clear the cobwebs …

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CHAMPAIGN – The pink visitor’s locker room at Kinnick Stadium used to be a regular topic of discussion whenever Illinois would head to Iowa City.

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CHAMPAIGN – On a day when it felt like the Big Ten Conference got flipped on its football helmet, Geronimo Allison found himself standing on a…