The AP released its all-time Top 100 college basketball rankings Wednesday, rewarding consistency in appearances and elite programs who have occupied the No. 1 spot.
The season isn’t officially over, as the Final Four is this weekend. But let’s go ahead and cast our eyes to 2017-18. Players still could turn pro and key recruits added in the spring signing period, but here is an early, early, early look at how the conference could stack up next season.
The dynamics of Illinois and Indiana's basketball programs are different, but the desires of their fan bases as new coaches take over are similar: Get the program back to some version of what it used to be.
Illinois fell behind big early at UCF in Wednesday night's NIT quarterfinal and couldn't complete a late-game comeback against the Knights despite 29 points from senior Malcolm Hill. The Illini finished the season with a 20-15 overall record.
Remember way back when the national narrative was “the Big Ten is down?” It seems like a silly notion now, doesn’t it? The Big Ten has more than acquitted itself in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tourney.
Illinois is going to play fast under new coach Brad Underwood. Speed being Underwood's thing, I had to ask him some rapid fire questions when he visited the BTN studio Tuesday. Get to know the new Illinois coach below.
(AP) Tracy Abrams scored 18 points, Leron Black had a double-double and Illinois pulled away midway through the second half to beat Boise State 71-56 on Monday night in the second round of the NIT. No. 2 seed Illinois (20-14) will play fourth-seeded Central Florida (23-11) in a quarterfinal. The game was tied at 49 with 10 minutes left before Illinois closed on a 22-7 run. Malcolm Hill scored 13 points and has 1,817 for his career, surpassing Dee Brown (1,812) for third place all-time at Illinois. Abrams was 6 of 11 from the floor and made three 3-pointers. Black
Illinois has hired Oklahoma State head coach Brad Underwood to the same position, and the BTN Stats Department breaks the hire down by the numbers.
Illinois has its new coach: It’s Brad Underwood from Oklahoma State. Underwood, 53, offers hope for a program that has missed the last four NCAA tourneys. Illinois hasn’t gone that long without a Big Dance appearance since missing the event from 1964-1980.
University of Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman has taken the first step in helping Illinois Basketball return to a place of national prominence by hiring Brad Underwood as the 18th Fighting Illini men's head coach.