The Big Ten released its men's basketball conference schedule Wednesday, completing the Illini's 2021-22 regular-season schedule.
"Obviously now we have a chance to have one of the most memorable seasons in school history, and that would only further cement his place in our program's record books."
"This is where I'm going to cement my legacy. This is why I came."
Former Illinois defensive lineman Bobby Roundtree died Friday, and then star center Kofi Cockburn returned. Two significant moments in Illini history — on completely opposite ends of the spectrum.
This off-season has posed one challenge after the next for Illinois basketball coach Brad Underwood.
A reunion with Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman at Kentucky will not happen, according to The Athletic's Kyle Tucker. He reported that Cockburn's recruitment is now a two-horse race between Illinois and Florida State.
Cockburn withdrew from the 2021 NBA Draft on July 6 but remains in the NCAA transfer portal. The 7-foot center announced Tuesday via Twitter that he'll be choosing a college Friday at an unspecified time.
"Kentucky? It's a serious option," Cockburn told ESPN. "(Former Illinois assistant Orlando) Anitgua is my guy. I'm going to consider them, but there (are) a lot of schools."
Kofi Cockburn could be coming back to college basketball. The question is: Will the star big man return to Illinois?
CHAMPAIGN — When Trent Frazier announced last week, he would be returning to the Illinois men's basketball team for a super-senior season, it brought stability to Illinois' roster head coach Brad Underwood was looking for.
As Loyola revealed itself as a national power, beating team after team, mail addressed to specific dorms and to specific players arrived.
The Loyola Chicago defense had the Illinois offense out of rhythm the entire game as the No. 8-seeded Ramblers upset the No.1-seeded Fighting Illini 71-58 on Sunday at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Photos from No. 1-seeded Illinois' NCAA Tournament first round game against No. 16-seeded Drexel.
Brad Underwood arrived at Illinois in the spring of 2017 tasked with trying to restore some of the swagger to a program that had become an afterthought in the Big Ten.
The Associated Press All-America men’s basketball team with statistics through regular-season and conference tournaments:
Luka Garza continues to do things no other Iowa basketball player ever has done before.
INDIANAPOLIS — Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu both scored 16 points, both grabbed nine rebounds and both made key plays in overtime to give No. 3 Illinois a 91-88 victory over No. 9 Ohio State on Sunday for its first Big Ten Tournament title since 2005.
Indiana's Trace Jackson-Davis did what Illinois basketball fans had been hoping to see for almost two years Tuesday night.
CHAMPAIGN — Each Kofi Cockburn dunk on Saturday erased more and more of the struggles Illinois basketball has had with Wisconsin in the past decade.