2021 Schedule

2021 Schedule
24-7, 2nd in Big Ten
Dosunmu declares for the 2021 NBA draft (2:21)
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8dJonathan Givony

Illini PG Dosunmu to enter NBA draft, hire agent

Illinois junior point guard Ayo Dosunmu, the No. 22 NBA draft prospect in the ESPN 100, averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game while shooting 39% from 3-point range for the Fighting Illini this season.

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Zags' Kispert, Baylor's Butler in Wooden final five

Gonzaga forward Cory Kispert, Baylor guard Jared Butler, Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham, Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu and Iowa forward Luka Garza are the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award.

What's the reason for the Big Ten's struggles in the NCAA tournament? (1:50)
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Illinois investigating racist post aimed at Cockburn

Illinois' Kofi Cockburn shared on Instagram a racist social media post directed at him after the top-seeded Illini lost to Loyola Chicago on Sunday. An Illinois spokesman told ESPN the school is looking into the situation.

Loyola Chicago takes down 1-seed Illinois in dominating performance (0:50)
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March Madness 2021 live: Oral Roberts does it again

We're only in the round of 32, and March Madness feels extra mad. Sunday's action started with No. 1 Illinois going down to Loyola Chicago and saw No. 15 Oral Roberts advance.

Sister Jean and Loyola Chicago celebrate the upset over No. 1 seed Illinois (0:32)
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Sister Jean loves Lucas Williamson's and-1 (0:22)
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Illinois' Curbelo goes 5-hole to Cockburn for the dunk (0:25)
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Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu is a top player to watch in the NCAA tournament (1:44)
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Gonzaga, Baylor dominate AP All-America teams

Gonzaga and Baylor both landed multiple players on the AP's All-America teams, with Corey Kispert (Bulldogs) and Jared Butler (Bears) joining Luka Garza, Ayo Dosunmu and Cade Cunningham on the first team.

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No. 3 Illinois beats No. 9 Ohio State to take Big Ten title

— 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.

Curbelo psyched after hitting key jumper in OT (0:17)
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Liddell makes key rejection of Cockburn to send game to OT (0:40)
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Bezhanishvili draws the and-1 after wild sequence by Illinois (0:31)
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Da'Monte Williams catches fire with back-to-back 3s off the bench (0:29)
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Team Stats

Points Per Game80.522nd
Rebounds Per Game40.019th
Assists Per Game16.322nd
Points Allowed68.6

Tournament History

Final Fours5
Tournament Record41-32
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances31