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Another Massive Late-Game Collapse Allows Lions To Steal Victory From #12 Illini

Another Massive Late-Game Collapse Allows Lions To Steal Victory From #12 Illini

By IlliniGuys Staff February 21, 2024 (Cover photo courtesy […]

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Sturdy's Illini Basketball Preview - at Penn State

Sturdy's Illini Basketball Preview - at Penn State

Brad Sturdy, Co-Host IlliniGuys Sports Spectacular & Big Sports Radio and Illini Uber-Insider

February 21, 2024

The Illini are in Happy Valley Wednesday night to take on their nemesis from a year ago, the Penn State Nittany Lions. PSU beat Illinois 3 times a year ago, although many of those players are gone and there is a new coach in town in Mike Rhoades, it’s definitely a game that should have some revenge motives for the Fighting Illini. 

The Nittany Lions return to their roots Wednesday night when Penn State hosts #12 Illinois in its Return to Rec game. Rec Hall was the longtime home of Nittany Lion basketball until a 1996 move to the Bryce Jordan Center. Rec Hall had a final listed capacity of 6,846 for basketball, but more than 8,000 fans jammed into the iconic building for a basketball game six times in the building’s history, including a record 8,600 fans for a contest vs. Virginia on Dec. 5, 1973.

Expect a packed and raucous crowd on Wednesday evening. 

Setting the Stage

#12AP/12 Illinois (19-6, 10-4 B1G) at Penn State (12-14, 6-9 B1G) 

February 21, 2024 // 5:30 p.m. CT (6:30 p.m. ET) // University Park, Pa. // Rec Hall 

TV: BTN – Jason Horowitz (Play-by-Play), Stephen Bardo (Analyst) 

Radio: Busey Bank Illini Sports Network – Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Deon Thomas 

Notables

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Destiny Jackson

Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Destiny Jackson

Tim Anderson's Crucial Role in Recruiting Could Help Women Land Recruit

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

February 20, 2024

In college basketball recruiting, the right connections and relationships can make all the difference. Destiny Jackson, a 5-foot-6, four-star recruit from Whitney Young High School in Chicago, holds the title of the number one high school recruit in the state of Illinois for the Class of 2025.

Recently visiting the Illinois women's basketball program could be a game-changer in her recruitment, and a familiar face might just be the key.

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Illini Women’s Hoops Trying to Crash 2024 NCAA Tournament With Key Final Month Stretch

Illini Women’s Hoops Trying to Crash 2024 NCAA Tournament With Key Final Month Stretch

The 86-66 win over No. 14 Indiana is just one part of a regular season finale stretch for an Illinois women’s basketball team trying to salvage an at-large NCAA Tournament bid. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

February 20, 2024

CHAMPAIGN — While suddenly in the role of a late arriving guest to a party they weren’t ever invited to in the first place, the next three weeks for the Illinois women’s basketball could see them crashing the 2024 NCAA Tournament. 

Following the season-defining 86-66 victory over No. 14 Indiana where Shauna Green’s program led for the final 30 minutes and without a doubt showcased its best version of itself, Illinois now has an opportunity no other team in Division I currently outside of the postseason bubble has in its regular season finish.

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Shannon Jr. Named Big Ten Player of the Week

Shannon Jr. Named Big Ten Player of the Week

IlliniGuys Staff February 19, 2024 Terrence Shannon Jr., hailing […]

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Crimson & Creamed: Illini Dominate No. 14 Indiana 86-66

Crimson & Creamed: Illini Dominate No. 14 Indiana 86-66

In what is obviously Illinois’ most impressive win of the 2023-24 season, Illinois recorded a blowout victory over a Top 15 program in State Farm Center on President’s Day. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

February 19, 2024

CHAMPAIGN — Maybe it’s a situation where the Illinois women’s basketball program enjoys playing highly ranked opponents in its own building on holidays. 

Last season it was taking down then-No. 10 Iowa by four points on New Year’s Day. This season, Illinois made No. 14 Indiana its upset victim and by doing so, the Illini’s postseason resume-validating victory of the 2023-24 season came on national television on President’s Day.

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Four-Star Basketball Recruit Steven Reynolds III Receives Offer from Illinois

Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Four-Star Basketball Recruit Steven Reynolds III Receives Offer from Illinois

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

February 18, 2024

Steven Reynolds III is making noise as the 6-foot-5, 170-pound guard from Washington High School continues to impress DI coaches. The latest development in his promising career came on February 4th, when Reynolds visited the Illinois campus to witness a game against Nebraska and finally received an offer from the Illini.

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Sturdy's Rewind: Turtle Roadkill

Sturdy's Rewind: Turtle Roadkill

By Brad Sturdy - IlliniGuys Insider/Analyst & Co-Host, IlliniGuys […]

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'Had to make winning plays’: Inside Marcus Domask’s Transition Defensive Play Saved Illini in Maryland

'Had to make winning plays’: Inside Marcus Domask’s Transition Defensive Play Saved Illini in Maryland

Illinois wing Marcus Domask was all there was between Maryland guard Jamir Young and the basket with three minutes to go but the 23-year-old Illini got a big defensive stop. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

February 18, 2024

The play Brad Underwood believes was the difference between his first ever win at Maryland and another road defeat will not be recorded in the record books and the men’s basketball head coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign couldn’t care less. 

With about three minutes remaining in a game where No. 14 Illinois led by one, Maryland lead guard Jamir Young had one Illini player to beat on a fast break layup to the rim. Following a costly mental error by Coleman Hawkins to blindly toss the basketball behind his head and toward Maryland’s end of the floor while flying out of bounds, Marcus Domask had to react in the other way he knew how to stop another two points for the home team. 

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#14 Illini Break College Park Curse With 85-80 Win

#14 Illini Break College Park Curse With 85-80 Win

By IlliniGuys Staff February 17, 2024 (Cover photo courtesy […]

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Sturdy's Illini Basketball Preview - Fear the Turtle

Sturdy's Illini Basketball Preview - Fear the Turtle

Brad Sturdy, Co-Host IlliniGuys Sports Spectacular & Big Sports Radio

February 17, 2024

After the Illini beat a team that they have owned on Tuesday, they now head to College Park on Saturday to take on the team that has been their nemesis over the past few seasons. The Illini are 1-7 in College Park all time and Brad Underwood is just 2-7 against Maryland while the coach at Illinois. On Saturday afternoon they can get rid of a few of those demons with a solid performance. 

Here are the details:

Setting the Stage

#14 Illinois (18-6, 9-4 B1G) at Maryland (14-11, 6-8 B1G) 

Feb. 17, 2024 // 4:30 p.m. CT (5:30 p.m. ET) // College Park, Md. // XFINITY Center 

TV: FOX – Jason Benetti (Play-by-Play), Robbie Hummel (Analyst) 

Radio: Busey Bank Illini Sports Network – Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Deon Thomas 

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Bryce Dixon Appears to have a Bright Future Ahead

Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Bryce Dixon Appears to have a Bright Future Ahead

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

February 17, 2024

Bryce Dixon, standing at an impressive 6-foot-4 and 185-pounds, recently sat down with IlliniGuys to share the thrill of an unexpected visit from former Illini standout, Deron Williams, who also hails from The Colony.

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Rodney Hawkins Reflects on Coleman's Basketball Journey with the Fighting Illini

Rodney Hawkins Reflects on Coleman's Basketball Journey with the Fighting Illini

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

February 16, 2024

In an exclusive interview with IlliniGuys, Rodney Hawkins, the father of the versatile Illinois center 6-foot-10 forward Coleman Hawkins, sheds light on his son's basketball journey. Standing at 6-foot-8, Rodney, who played high school basketball at Chicago Vocational (CVS) and Division I basketball at San Diego State, shares insights into his own career and the hands-off approach he adopted in guiding Coleman's path.

"I took the hands-off approach for Coleman. I want it to be his journey; I had my career and let him experience things himself. I don't like to be a know-it-all on the game. I'm letting him develop his own mind," Rodney explains, reflecting on the importance of letting Coleman navigate his basketball journey independently.

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Unhappy Valley: Illini Knock Off Penn State 86-71

Unhappy Valley: Illini Knock Off Penn State 86-71

Illinois shoots an impressive 54.4 percent from the field to obtain the program’s first back-to-back victories over Penn State since 2009. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

February 15, 2024

Illinois picked up its most impressive victory of the 2023-24 season with a dominating performance at Penn State.

The Illini led for most of the final three quarters of its 86-71 win over a Nittany Lions squad that came into their home arena - the Bryce Jordan Center - at No. 26 in the latest NET rankings produced daily by the NCAA. 

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‘You’re Welcome’: Juwan Howard’s Recruiting Loss of Terrence Shannon is Illini’s Gain

‘You’re Welcome’: Juwan Howard’s Recruiting Loss of Terrence Shannon is Illini’s Gain

Terrence Shannon Jr.’s 31-point effort even made Michigan head coach Juwan Howard smile despite the fact he dominated the Wolverines in a 29-point blowout. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

February 13, 2024

CHAMPAIGN — Even after a 29-point blowout loss, Michigan head coach Juwan Howard made it clear he wasn’t going to leave State Farm Center without showing appreciation to Terrence Shannon Jr.

Following a 97-68 home win for an Illinois team severely in need of a confidence-building performance, Howard put Shannon in a bear hug during the post-game handshake and whispered several things in the right ear of the 23-year-old guard that made the Illini’s leading scorer smile. 

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