2013–14 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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2013-14 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
NIT Second round vs. Clemson, L 49–50
Conference Big Ten Conference
2013-14 record 20–15 (7–11 Big Ten)
Head coach John Groce
Assistant coach Dustin Ford
Assistant coach Paris Parham
Assistant coach Jamall Walker
Home arena State Farm Center
Seasons
« 2012–13 2014–15 »
2013–14 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Michigan 15 3   .833     28 9   .757
#12 Wisconsin 12 6   .667     30 8   .789
#11 Michigan State 12 6   .667     29 9   .763
Nebraska 11 7   .611     19 13   .594
#22 Ohio State 10 8   .556     25 10   .714
Iowa 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Minnesota 8 10   .444     25 13   .658
Illinois 7 11   .389     20 15   .571
Indiana 7 11   .389     17 15   .531
Penn State 6 12   .333     16 18   .471
Northwestern 6 12   .333     14 19   .424
Purdue 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
2014 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013–14 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by second year head coach John Groce, the Illini played their home games at State Farm Center and were members of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 20–15, 7–11 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for eighth place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament where they lost to Michigan. They were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Boston University in the first round before losing in the second round to Clemson.

Pre-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Sam McLaurin 0 F 6'8" 230 GS Senior Havana, FL Graduated
D. J. Richardson 1 G 6'3" 195 Senior Peoria, IL Graduated
Brandon Paul 3 G 6'4" 200 Senior Gurnee, IL Graduated; signed to play professionally in Russia
Mike Shaw 15 F 6'8" 230 Sophomore Chicago, IL Transfer to Bradley
Myke Henry 20 G/F 6'6" 230 Sophomore Chicago, IL Transfer to DePaul
Devin Langford 21 G/F 6'7" 200 RS Freshman Huntsville, AL Transfer to Kentucky Wesleyan
Ibby Djimde 23 F/C 6'8" 250 Sophomore Bamako, Mali Transfer to Southern Illinois
Kevin Berardini 32 G 6'0" 175 RS Junior Lake Forest, IL Graduated
Tyler Griffey 42 F 6'8" 235 Senior Wildwood, MO Graduated

2013 additions[edit]

Incoming Freshman[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kendrick Nunn
SG
Chicago, IL Simeon Career Academy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sep 15, 2012 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Malcolm Hill
SG
Belleville, IL Belleville East High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sep 12, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Austin Colbert
PF
Gladstone, NJ Gill St. Bernard's School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Nov 12, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Maverick Morgan
C
Springboro, OH Springboro High School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jun 13, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Jaylon Tate
SG
Chicago, IL Simeon Career Academy 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Oct 4, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 73
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Incoming Transfer Students[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Aaron Cosby[1]
PG
Louisville, KY Northfield-Mt. Hermon / Seton Hall 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Apr 13, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 90
Jon Ekey[2]
SF
Independence, MO William Chrisman HS / Illinois State 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Apr 16, 2013 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 82
Darius Paul[3]
PF
Gurnee, IL Warren Township HS / Western Michigan 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) May 4, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Ahmad Starks[4]
PG
Chicago, IL Whitney Young HS / Oregon State 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) May 28, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 88
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • Jon Ekey was immediately eligible to play during the 13-14 season due to the graduate student transfer exception rules of the NCAA.

Roster[edit]

2013–14 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 1 Tate, JaylonJaylon Tate 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Chicago, IL
G 2 Bertrand, JosephJoseph Bertrand (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr Sterling, IL
G 3 Starks, AhmadAhmad Starks Current redshirt 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Chicago, IL
G 10 LaTulip, MikeMike LaTulip (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Arlington Heights, IL
G 11 Cosby, AaronAaron Cosby Current redshirt 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Louisville, KY
G 13 Abrams, TracyTracy Abrams (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Chicago, IL
G 21 Hill, MalcolmMalcolm Hill 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Belleville, IL
C 22 Morgan, MaverickMaverick Morgan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Fr Springboro, OH
G 24 Rice, RayvonteRayvonte Rice 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Jr Champaign, IL
G 25 Nunn, KendrickKendrick Nunn 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Chicago, IL
F 31 Colbert, AustinAustin Colbert 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Chesapeake, VA
F/C 32 Egwu, NnannaNnanna Egwu (C) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Chicago, IL
F 33 Ekey, JonJon Ekey (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) GS Independence, MO
F 35 Paul, DariusDarius Paul Current redshirt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Gurnee, IL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Pts Ldr Reb Ldr Ast Ldr Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
Oct 24* 7:00 pm McKendree State Farm CenterChampaign, IL  16 - Abrams   8 - Bertrand   3 - Abrams, Tate  W 101–66  13,006
Nov 3* 5:00 pm Northwood State Farm Center • Champaign, IL  14 - LaTulip   9 - Ekey   4 - Rice  W 83–67  12,988
Non-conference season
Nov 8* 7:00 pm Alabama State State Farm Center • Champaign, IL ESPN3  22 - Rice   10 - Egwu   3 - Abrams  W 80–63  15,271 1–0
Nov 10* 5:00 pm Jacksonville State State Farm Center • Champaign, IL ESPN3  20 - Bertrand   10 - Bertrand   8 - Tate  W 86–62  13,506 2–0
Nov 13* 6:30 pm Valparaiso State Farm Center • Champaign, IL BTN  18 - Rice   15 - Ekey   4 - Abrams  W 64–52  13,504 3–0
Nov 17* 5:00 pm Bradley State Farm Center • Champaign, IL  19 - Ekey   8 - Abrams   6 - Tate  W 81–55  15,849 4–0
Nov 22* 8:00 pm Chicago State State Farm Center • Champaign, IL BTN  19 - Ekey   9 - Egwu   5 - Abrams  W 77–53  15,488 5–0
Nov 26* 9:45 pm at UNLV Thomas & Mack CenterParadise, NV CBSSN  25 - Rice   10 - Rice   5 - Tate  W 61–59  13,747 6–0
Nov 29* 7:00 pm IPFW State Farm Center • Champaign, IL ESPN3  17 - Rice   6 - Rice   3 - Tate  W 57–55  15,638 7–0
Dec 3* 7:00 pm at Georgia Tech McCamish PavilionAtlanta, GA
(ACC–Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN2  24 - Rice   9 - Ekey   5 - Tate  L 64–67  6,516 7–1
Dec 8* 2:00 pm vs. Auburn Philips Arena • Atlanta, GA FSN  22 - Rice   7 - Abrams   5 - Abrams  W 81–62  2,259 8–1
Dec 10* 7:00 pm Dartmouth State Farm Center • Champaign, IL  13 - Rice   5 - Rice   4 - Abrams  W 72–65  14,651 9–1
Dec 14* 8:00 pm vs. #15 Oregon Moda CenterPortland, OR ESPN2  16 - Abrams, Rice   8 - Ekey   5 - Abrams  L 64–71  10,043 9–2
Dec 21* 4:30 pm vs. #23 Missouri Scottrade CenterSt. Louis, MO
(Braggin' Rights)
ESPN2  22 - Abrams   6 - Abrams, Bertrand   2 - Bertrand  W 65–64  21,987 10–2
Dec 28* 1:00 pm vs. UIC United CenterChicago, IL BTN  28 - Rice   7 - Egwu, Rice   4 - Abrams  W 74–60  13,017 11–2
Big Ten Conference season
Dec 31 2:00 pm Indiana State Farm Center • Champaign, IL ESPN2  29 - Rice   8 - Rice   3 - Abrams  W 83–80 OT 16,618 12–2 (1–0)
Jan 4 1:15 pm Penn State State Farm Center • Champaign, IL BTN  15 - Rice   8 - Ekey, Rice   5 - Abrams  W 75–55  15,390 13–2 (2–0)
Jan 8 8:00 pm at #4 Wisconsin #23 Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN  19 - Rice   10 - Egwu   2 - Tate  L 70–95  17,003 13–3 (2–1)
Jan 12 8:00 pm at Northwestern #23 Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL BTN  13 - Abrams   9 - Ekey   5 - Abrams  L 43–49  8,117 13–4 (2–2)
Jan 15 8:00 pm Purdue State Farm Center • Champaign, IL BTN  13 - Abrams   7 - Rice   5 - Abrams  L 58–66  15,007 13–5 (2–3)
Jan 18 7:00 pm #4 Michigan State State Farm Center • Champaign, IL BTN  15 - Abrams   5 - Rice   3 - Abrams  L 62–78  16,618 13–6 (2–4)
Jan 23 6:00 pm at #17 Ohio State Value City ArenaColumbus, OH ESPN  19 - Bertrand   9 - Egwu   4 - Tate  L 55–62  16,774 13–7 (2–5)
Jan 26 2:00 pm at Indiana Assembly HallBloomington, IN BTN  20 - Rice   5 - Bertrand, Egwu   5 - Tate  L 46–56  17,472 13–8 (2–6)
Feb 1 6:30 pm #15 Iowa State Farm Center • Champaign, IL BTN  20 - Bertrand   9 - Rice   4 - Nunn  L 74–81  16,618 13–9 (2–7)
Feb 4 6:30 pm Wisconsin State Farm Center • Champaign, IL BTN  24 - Rice   9 - Rice   2 - Abrams, Rice  L 63–75  16,618 13–10 (2–8)
Feb 9 3:15 pm at Penn State Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA BTN  19 - Nunn   7 - Rice   5 - Abrams  W 60–55  7,573 14–10 (3–8)
Feb 12 8:00 pm at Nebraska Pinnacle Bank ArenaLincoln, NE BTN  23 - Rice   12 - Egwu   3 - Abrams  L 58–67  15,404 14–11 (3–9)
Feb 15 7:00 pm #22 Ohio State State Farm Center • Champaign, IL BTN  13 - Abrams   14 - Egwu   3 - Nunn  L 39–48  16,618 14–12 (3–10)
Feb 19 8:00 pm at Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN BTN  19 - Nunn   11 - Egwu   6 - Abrams  W 62–49  12,221 15–12 (4–10)
Feb 26 8:00 pm Nebraska State Farm Center • Champaign, IL BTN  13 - Nunn   9 - Rice   5 - Abrams  W 60-49  13,206 16–12 (5–10)
Mar 1 1:00 pm at #18 Michigan State Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI ESPN2  12 - Abrams   6 - Nunn   4 - Abrams, Nunn  W 53-46  14,797 17–12 (6–10)
Mar 4 6:00 pm #12 Michigan State Farm Center • Champaign, IL ESPN  16 - Rice   9 - Rice   3 - Rice  L 53-84  16,618 17–13 (6–11)
Mar 8 7:30 pm at #24 Iowa Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN  15 - Rice   6 - Egwu, Ekey   4 - Nunn  W 66-63  15,400 18–13 (7–11)
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 13 11:00 am vs. Indiana Bankers Life FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(First round)
BTN  25 - Abrams   7 - Abrams, Egwu   2 - Abrams, Bertrand,
Nunn, Rice 
W 64–54  18,596 19–13
Mar 14 11:00 am vs. #8 Michigan Bankers Life Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN  11 - Abrams, Rice   9 - Egwu   5 - Abrams  L 63–64  18,596 19–14
NIT
March 19* 6:00 pm at (7) Boston University #(2) Agganis ArenaBoston, MA
(First round)
ESPN2  28 - Rice   8 - Hill, Rice   3 - Abrams  W 66–62  1,327 20–14
March 23* 10:00 am at (3) Clemson #(2) Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC
(Second round)
ESPN  15 - Rice   6 - Egwu   3 - Abrams  L 49–50  10,000 20–15
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll, (#) during NIT is seed within region. All times are in Central Time.

Rankings[edit]

Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Receiving votes
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Wk 20 Final
AP[5] NR NR NR RV RV NR NR RV RV 23 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR N/A
Coaches[6] RV RV NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

See also[edit]

2013–14 Illinois Fighting Illini women's basketball team

References[edit]

  1. ^ Powers, Scott (April 13, 2013). "Aaron Cosby to transfer to Illinois". ESPNChicago.com. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Powers, Scott (April 16, 2013). "Jon Ekey transferring to Illinois". ESPNChicago.com. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ Powers, Scott (May 4, 2013). "Darius Paul headed to Illinois". ESPNChicago.com. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ Powers, Scott (May 28, 2013). "Ahmad Starks heads to Illini". ESPNChicago.com. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "AP Top 25". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  6. ^ "USA Today/ESPN". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2013-11-11.