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.
Illinois has hired Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood as its new men's basketball coach, Illinois AD Josh Whitman announced Saturday afternoon. See Twitter reaction to the hiring inside.
Malcolm Hill scored 25 points, Leron Black had a double-double and Jamall Walker picked up a win in his debut as the interim coach as Illinois route Valparaiso in an opening game of the NIT.
Now that a Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan has been crowned after blazing an incredible four-day trail through D.C., it’s time to pick the “bests” from the event celebrating its 20th season. It’s tough to narrow down these picks after 13 games in five days, but here they are.
Illinois, Indiana and Iowa made the NIT, it was announced Sunday night. The Hawkeyes, who advanced to the 2013 NIT title game, claimed the tournament’s top seed and open at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday vs. South Dakota. The Illini also play host in their opener, vs. Valparaiso, at 7:15 p.m. ET Tuesday. Indiana, meanwhile, travels to Georgia Tech. View the full NIT bracket here. #Illini earn No. 2 seed in NIT, will host No. 7 seed Valparaiso Tuesday at @StateFarmCenter. — Illini Basketball (@IlliniMBB) March 13, 2017 Indiana will play at Georgia Tech on Tuesday to open NIT play. 📺:
The John Groce era is over at Illinois. Many felt this was a pivotal season for Groce, who was under pressure and scrutiny when the 2016-17 season dawned. Well, on Saturday, A.D. Josh Whitman made it official, firing the coach he inherited.
There's no getting around it: Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament was barely competitive across the board. But the four blowouts did provide some clarity as far as the NCAA tournament goes.
“I couldn’t be more proud of him.” - Illinois senior Malcolm Hill's mother Machanda reflected on her son's accomplishments during the Illini's loss to Michigan at the Big Ten Tournament Thursday.
Best chance at an upset? Best chance to be upset? And who is the most dangerous team? Tom Dienhart looks ahead to the 2017 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.