Ex Illini Signee Jeremiah Tilmon Arrested for Possession of Intoxicants by a Minor


For the segment of Illinois basketball fans that believe losing out on Jeremiah Tilmon is a blessing in disguise, Monday brought news that they’ll eat up like a starving person sitting in front of a big steak.

The former Illini signee, who then later defected to Mizzou after both programs made coaching changes, was arrested this past weekend by Missouri University Police.

Here’s a tweet from Daniel Jones, who covers Mizzou basketball for the local newspaper in Columbia, Missouri.

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Illini Basketball Keeps Beefing Up Front Court By Adding Matic Vesel

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Illini basketball has landed Matic Veselaccording to Derek Piper of Scout. While that phrase sounds like a marketing buzzword you’d hear at an information technology convention, or maybe a term used during a Naval mission debriefing, it is actually the name of a soon to be Illini basketball player.

This is great news too, and Illinois really needs to beef up their front-court. Depth is needed at forward and center so that Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood can rely on his preferred three guard lineups, and not be forced into often putting four guards on the floor.

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Illini Basketball: Brad Underwood Will Have to Play a Lot of Four Guard Lineups

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As the often quotable, and sometimes verbally clumsy, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld infamously said-

“you go to war with the army you have, not the army you wish you had.”

It’s mid-June and Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood still has three open scholarships on his roster. He’s simply going to have to go to war in 2017-18 with the roster he has, not the roster he wishes he had. To be more specific, Underwood will have to enter the B1G battles with the wafer thin front court depth he has, not a deep, beefed up front court that he wish he had.

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Illini Basketball Draws Wake Forest in 2017 B1G/ACC Challenge, Evoking 2004-05

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Brad Underwood’s Illini basketball team, along with everybody else participating in the B1G/ACC Challenge, learned their draw today. Illinois will travel to Wake Forest, in a rematch of the famed 2004 contest that helped vault Illini basketball to the highest perch that the program has seen in recent memory.

On a historical “paint the hall orange” night, #3 Illinois destroyed #1 Wake Forest 91-73, in a contest that was actually way more lopsided than that final score would indicate.

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Deron Williams Takes Beating on Twitter During NBA Finals; Some of the More Clever Tweets

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The 2009 version of Deron Williams is kind of like the 2005 edition of Illini basketball- in reality not that long ago, but feels like ancient history.

As a University of Illinois alum, it’s painful to watch Deron Williams have such a brutal NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Especially since this is the first appearance of his career, and it may be his only one. He’s still scoreless in the series, and game three reached a new low point.

That’s really a shame because D. Will had a big game or two down the stretch and during the postseason.

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Illini Basketball Adds Much Needed Big Man to Roster

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With Michael Finke the only guy on the roster over 6’10” and the very real prospect of a 6’7″ starting center in Leron Black, Illini basketball has to add size. While there’s plenty of work yet to do, the addition of UIC de-commit Greg Eboigbodin, certainly helps. He’s 6’9″ 220 and beefs up the depth chart at the four and the five.

Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood had four open scholarships, and the commitment of Eboigbodin reduces that number to three. Our friends at Writing Illini indicate that the former commit to the sister school is:

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Tim Beckman Still Unfit to Coach Says Simon Cvijanovic After Receiving $250,000 Payout


Former Illini football leader Tim Beckman is still out of coaching, and it doesn’t appear that he’ll be returning any time soon. The former Illinois and Toledo Head Coach likely won’t get a gig this upcoming season and he’s definitely not ready for one, claims an individual who helped lead to his demise.

Former Illini offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic, probably more than any other single individual (outside of Tim Beckman himself) led to the University dismissing the former coach one week before the 2015 season began.

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Illini Football: Peanut Tillman Sees Improvement for Lovie Smith in Year Two (Exclusive)


The preseason prognosticators are not very high on 2017 Illini football. That’s been well documented.

However, given the much more favorable schedule that they have this season, one could reasonably expect the Illini to win more games this fall than they did last year. Chicago Bears legend Charles “Peanut” Tillman sees his former Head Coach Lovie Smith taking the program in the right direction this season.

“I definitely see improvement,” Tillman said during our exclusive conversation with him. 

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Deron Williams: Illini Legend Will Be Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA Finals X-Factor

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These days, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Deron Williams is basically an iPhone 3G.

In 2009, it was an absolutely elite, top of the line product. Today, you can take it off the shelf, and when it’s fully charged, it still works, and works quite very!

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Illini Football: the 2017 Preview Magazines are as Pessimistic as Ever


You know that tremendous buzz that all of Illini football nation felt when Lovie Smith was hired?

Well, we’re now at the polar opposite of that. College football preseason preview magazines are filled with almost all pessimistic words about Illinois’ upcoming season. Believe it or not, we’re just 54 days away from the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon.

Both Lindy’s and Athlon picked the Illini to finish 7th, dead last in the Big Ten West.

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Illini Basketball: Current Depth Chart Amidst Offseason of Tremendous Flux

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May is traditionally the dead period for college sports. Almost all “news” that is produced and consumed during this time of year is essentially non-news, pointless filler.

For 2017 Illini basketball, the polar opposite is true. It’s been a postseason and then off-season of incessant news. We’re far from finished too. For Illini basketball news, it’s been March madness to April anarchy to May mania. Let’s briefly revisit how we got here (click the link where highlighted for more analysis on each story), and re-evaluate where we stand today.

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Jalen Coleman-Lands Leaves Illini Basketball; Offseason of High Turnover Continues

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Jalen Coleman-Lands is today’s Illini basketball trending topic, in the silly season that just won’t end. Says this for the 2017 offseason, it has certainly not been boring. The eventfulness continues today with news, first reported by Scout.com national recruiting expert Evan Daniels that JCL is leaving the Illinois basketball program.

Daniels cites word from the father of Jalen Coleman-Lands.

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