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Illini Defense Keys Home Win Over Nebraska

Illini Defense Keys Home Win Over Nebraska

By IlliniGuys Staff January 31, 2023 (Cover photo courtesy […]

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Whitney Young's Star PG Destiny Jackson Serious About Illinois

Whitney Young's Star PG Destiny Jackson Serious About Illinois

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

January 30, 2023

Arguably the best sophomore player in the state of Illinois in girls' basketball is Destiny Jackson from Whitney Young High School in Chicago.

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Illinois Preview versus Nebraska

Illinois Preview versus Nebraska

Brad Sturdy, Co-Host IlliniGuys Sports Spectacular January 31, 2023 […]

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"Not playing like a freshman": Jayden Epps Continuing Point Guard Development During Illini’s Win Streak

Illinois is 3-0 with freshman guard Jayden Epps in the starting lineup. The former four-star prospect had 13 points and held Wisconsin’s perimeter players to being a non-factor on Saturday. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

January 31, 2023

MADISON, Wis. -- Jayden Epps isn’t being treated by his coaching staff with the brand of a first-year player any longer.

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Watch: Illini coach Brad Underwood's pregame press conference before Nebraska game

Watch: Illini coach Brad Underwood's pregame press conference before Nebraska game

Illini coach Brad Underwood's program is looking for its […]

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Adalia McKenzie Responds to One-On-One Tutoring From Illini Head Coach With Double-Double

Adalia McKenzie Responds to One-On-One Tutoring From Illini Head Coach With Double-Double

Illinois sophomore wing Adalia McKenzie responded from one of her career worst performances earlier in the week to one of her best this season in a 10-point home win. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

January 30, 2023

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Sometimes when you have to fix something, you have to do it yourself.

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Strong Shooting Performance Lifts #22 Illini Over Spartans, 86-76

Strong Shooting Performance Lifts #22 Illini Over Spartans, 86-76

By IlliniGuys Staff January 29, 2023 CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - […]

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Underwood’s Desire to Build a ‘Win Ugly’ Culture at Illinois Counters Previous Kohl Center Magic

Underwood’s Desire to Build a ‘Win Ugly’ Culture at Illinois Counters Previous Kohl Center Magic

The sixth win in the last seven games for Illinois is slowly building head coach Brad Underwood’s brand of winning with defense, toughness and rebounding.  

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

January 29, 2023

MADISON, Wis. -- What occurred in the Kohl Center is the definition of what Illinois head coach Brad Underwood talks about from the point of the first preseason practice when the topic of toughness is brought up. 

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Sturdy's Takeaways - Illini Roll Over Badgers

Sturdy's Takeaways - Illini Roll Over Badgers

Brad Sturdy, Co-Host IlliniGuys Sports Spectacular

January 29, 2023

The first half wasn’t pretty, but in the 2nd half the Illini put up 41 points beyond a stellar 26-point effort from Matthew Mayer to cruise to a 61-51 win over the struggling Wisconsin Badgers.

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Mayer's Career-High 26 Points Lifts Illini To Season Sweep of Badgers

Mayer's Career-High 26 Points Lifts Illini To Season Sweep of Badgers

By IlliniGuys Staff

January 28, 2023

(Cover photo courtesy Illinois Athletics)

MADISON, Wisc. - With leading scorer Terrence Shannon Jr. handcuffed by foul trouble, Matthew Mayer delivered a career-high 26 points as Illinois defeated Wisconsin for the sixth consecutive game, 61-51 Saturday afternoon.

Illinois (15-6, 6-4) has now won six of its last seven games to put that 0-3 start in the Big Ten behind them and climb into a 4th place tie in the conference.

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‘This is part of the process’: Shauna Green’s Illini Facing Reality Check in Late January

‘This is part of the process’: Shauna Green’s Illini Facing Reality Check in Late January

After a storybook start to the 2022-23 season, Illinois has lost three of its last five games and is searching for the mentality that got them to national ranking in an unforgiving Big Ten Conference. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

January 27, 2023

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Without wanting to admit it out loud, Shauna Green knew the reality check portion of her first season as head coach at Illinois was coming.

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Illini’s Perplexingly Cold Perimeter Shooting Results in 62-52 Home Loss to Boilermakers 

Illini’s Perplexingly Cold Perimeter Shooting Results in 62-52 Home Loss to Boilermakers 

Illinois misses 22 of 26 from three-point range leading […]

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Sturdy's Takeaways - Ohio State Edition

Sturdy's Takeaways - Ohio State Edition

By Brad Sturdy - IlliniGuys Insider/Analyst

January 25, 2023

(Cover photo courtesy Joe Clark/IlliniGuys)

The Illini got back on the winning side of things with a 69-60 win over Ohio State on Tuesday night behind a balanced offensive performance and some stellar defense as they moved to 14-6 overall and 5-4 in league play. Terrence Shannon had 17 to lead the way, but the Illini got 14 from Jayden Epps, 12 from Matthew Mayer and a complete performance from Coleman Hawkins with 11 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks as they controlled the game for the final 30 minutes against the Buckeyes. 

Here’s a quick recap:

These 4 Things:

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Did The Women's McDonald's All-American Committee Forget One?

Did The Women's McDonald's All-American Committee Forget One?

By Kedric Prince - IlliniGuys.com Director of Recruiting

Jan. 25, 2023

On Tuesday live on ESPN, it announced the winners of the 2023 men's and women's McDonald's All-American team. From a recruiting standpoint, I was not expecting a player from the men's 2023 recruiting class to make the list, but for the women's side, I did.

Several fans asked me personally on our message boards if I thought the selection process was somewhat political; for the first time ever, I can say “yes,” only because I have a little proof.

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No Flu For You: Matthew Mayer Rebounds From Illness With Inspiring Performance vs. Ohio State

No Flu For You: Matthew Mayer Rebounds From Illness With Inspiring Performance vs. Ohio State

Illinois forward Matthew Mayer spent the last few days in bed with the flu but newfound health led to 12 points and a comfortable win.

By Matt Stevens - IlliniGuys Staff Writer

January 25, 2023

(Photos courtesy Ron Johnson/USA Today Sports)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- In case anybody might have been wondering, a healthy Matthew Mayer without the flu is a better basketball player than the opposite.

The Illinois graduate transfer had practically every physical and medical reason to feel, look and most importantly act differently than the last time he stepped on the State Farm Center playing floor. Following a scoreless outing in 22 minutes against Indiana in which Mayer was likely in between being sick in the bathroom, Mayer couldn’t have been more different for a simple reason. He felt better.

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