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
Assistant coach Ryan Pedon
Home arena State Farm Center
Seasons
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
"2013-14 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

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/pro for Korihait (Finland)
D. J. Richardson 1 G 6'3" 195 Senior Peoria, IL Graduated/pro for Güssing Knights (Austria)
Brandon Paul 3 G 6'4" 200 Senior Gurnee, IL Graduated/pro for BC Nizhny Novgorod (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/transfer to Pace University
Tyler Griffey 42 F 6'8" 235 Senior Wildwood, MO Graduated/pro for Swans Gmunden (Austria)

2013 additions[edit]

Incoming freshmen[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
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:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
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:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 86
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:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
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:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 86
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:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 73
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 20   Rivals: 18  247Sports: 20  ESPN: 15
  • 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 Previous school Hometown
G 1 Tate, JaylonJaylon Tate 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Simeon Chicago, IL
G 2 Bertrand, JosephJoseph Bertrand (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr Sterling Sterling, IL
G 3 Starks, AhmadAhmad Starks Current redshirt 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Whitney Young Chicago, IL
G 10 LaTulip, MikeMike LaTulip (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Prospect Arlington Heights, IL
G 11 Cosby, AaronAaron Cosby Current redshirt 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Northfield Mount Hermon Louisville, KY
G 13 Abrams, TracyTracy Abrams (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Mount Carmel Chicago, IL
G 21 Hill, MalcolmMalcolm Hill 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Belleville Belleville, IL
C 22 Morgan, MaverickMaverick Morgan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Fr Springboro Springboro, OH
G 24 Rice, RayvonteRayvonte Rice 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Jr Centennial Champaign, IL
G 25 Nunn, KendrickKendrick Nunn 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Simeon Chicago, IL
F 31 Colbert, AustinAustin Colbert 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Gill St. Bernard's Chesapeake, VA
F/C 32 Egwu, NnannaNnanna Egwu (C) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr St. Ignatius Chicago, IL
F 33 Ekey, JonJon Ekey (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) GS Chrisman Independence, MO
F 35 Paul, DariusDarius Paul Current redshirt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Warren Township Gurnee, IL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
Oct 24*
7:00 pm
McKendree W 101–66 
 16  Abrams   8  Bertrand   3  Abrams, Tate  State Farm Center (13,006)
Champaign, IL
Nov 3*
5:00 pm
Northwood W 83–67 
 14  LaTulip   9  Ekey   4  Rice  State Farm Center (12,988)
Champaign, IL
Non-conference season
Nov 8*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Alabama State W 80–63  1–0
 22  Rice   10  Egwu   3  Abrams  State Farm Center (15,271)
Champaign, IL
Nov 10*
5:00 pm, ESPN3
Jacksonville State W 86–62  2–0
 20  Bertrand   10  Bertrand   8  Tate  State Farm Center (13,506)
Champaign, IL
Nov 13*
6:30 pm, BTN
Valparaiso W 64–52  3–0
 18  Rice   15  Ekey   4  Abrams  State Farm Center (13,504)
Champaign, IL
Nov 17*
5:00 pm
Bradley W 81–55  4–0
 19  Ekey   8  Abrams   6  Tate  State Farm Center (15,849)
Champaign, IL
Nov 22*
8:00 pm, BTN
Chicago State W 77–53  5–0
 19  Ekey   9  Egwu   5  Abrams  State Farm Center (15,488)
Champaign, IL
Nov 26*
9:45 pm, CBSSN
at UNLV W 61–59  6–0
 25  Rice   10  Rice   5  Tate  Thomas & Mack Center (13,747)
Paradise, NV
Nov 29*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
IPFW W 57–55  7–0
 17  Rice   6  Rice   3  Tate  State Farm Center (15,638)
Champaign, IL
Dec 3*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
at Georgia Tech
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 64–67  7–1
 24  Rice   9  Ekey   5  Tate  McCamish Pavilion (6,516)
Atlanta, GA
Dec 8*
2:00 pm, FSN
vs. Auburn W 81–62  8–1
 22  Rice   7  Abrams   5  Abrams  Philips Arena (2,259)
Atlanta, GA
Dec 10*
7:00 pm
Dartmouth W 72–65  9–1
 13  Rice   5  Rice   4  Abrams  State Farm Center (14,651)
Champaign, IL
Dec 14*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 15 Oregon L 64–71  9–2
 16  Abrams, Rice   8  Ekey   5  Abrams  Moda Center (10,043)
Portland, OR
Dec 21*
4:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 23 Missouri
Braggin' Rights
W 65–64  10–2
 22  Abrams   6  Abrams, Bertrand   2  Bertrand  Scottrade Center (21,987)
St. Louis, MO
Dec 28*
1:00 pm, BTN
vs. UIC W 74–60  11–2
 28  Rice   7  Egwu, Rice   4  Abrams  United Center (13,017)
Chicago, IL
Big Ten Conference season
Dec 31
2:00 pm, ESPN2
Indiana W 83–80 OT 12–2 (1–0)
 29  Rice   8  Rice   3  Abrams  State Farm Center (16,618)
Champaign, IL
Jan 4
1:15 pm, BTN
Penn State W 75–55  13–2 (2–0)
 15  Rice   8  Ekey, Rice   5  Abrams  State Farm Center (15,390)
Champaign, IL
Jan 8
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 23 at No. 4 Wisconsin L 70–95  13–3 (2–1)
 19  Rice   10  Egwu   2  Tate  Kohl Center (17,003)
Madison, WI
Jan 12
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 23 at Northwestern L 43–49  13–4 (2–2)
 13  Abrams   9  Ekey   5  Abrams  Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
Jan 15
8:00 pm, BTN
Purdue L 58–66  13–5 (2–3)
 13  Abrams   7  Rice   5  Abrams  State Farm Center (15,007)
Champaign, IL
Jan 18
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 4 Michigan State L 62–78  13–6 (2–4)
 15  Abrams   5  Rice   3  Abrams  State Farm Center (16,618)
Champaign, IL
Jan 23
6:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 17 Ohio State L 55–62  13–7 (2–5)
 19  Bertrand   9  Egwu   4  Tate  Value City Arena (16,774)
Columbus, OH
Jan 26
2:00 pm, BTN
at Indiana L 46–56  13–8 (2–6)
 20  Rice   5  Bertrand, Egwu   5  Tate  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Feb 1
6:30 pm, BTN
No. 15 Iowa L 74–81  13–9 (2–7)
 20  Bertrand   9  Rice   4  Nunn  State Farm Center (16,618)
Champaign, IL
Feb 4
6:30 pm, BTN
Wisconsin L 63–75  13–10 (2–8)
 24  Rice   9  Rice   2  Abrams, Rice  State Farm Center (16,618)
Champaign, IL
Feb 9
3:15 pm, BTN
at Penn State W 60–55  14–10 (3–8)
 19  Nunn   7  Rice   5  Abrams  Bryce Jordan Center (7,573)
University Park, PA
Feb 12
8:00 pm, BTN
at Nebraska L 58–67  14–11 (3–9)
 23  Rice   12  Egwu   3  Abrams  Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,404)
Lincoln, NE
Feb 15
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 22 Ohio State L 39–48  14–12 (3–10)
 13  Abrams   14  Egwu   3  Nunn  State Farm Center (16,618)
Champaign, IL
Feb 19
8:00 pm, BTN
at Minnesota W 62–49  15–12 (4–10)
 19  Nunn   11  Egwu   6  Abrams  Williams Arena (12,221)
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 26
8:00 pm, BTN
Nebraska W 60-49  16–12 (5–10)
 13  Nunn   9  Rice   5  Abrams  State Farm Center (13,206)
Champaign, IL
Mar 1
1:00 pm, ESPN2
at No. 18 Michigan State W 53-46  17–12 (6–10)
 12  Abrams   6  Nunn   4  Abrams, Nunn  Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
Mar 4
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 12 Michigan L 53-84  17–13 (6–11)
 16  Rice   9  Rice   3  Rice  State Farm Center (16,618)
Champaign, IL
Mar 8
7:30 pm, BTN
at No. 24 Iowa W 66-63  18–13 (7–11)
 15  Rice   6  Egwu, Ekey   4  Nunn  Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400)
Iowa City, IA
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 13
11:00 am, BTN
vs. Indiana
First round
W 64–54  19–13
 25  Abrams   7  Abrams, Egwu   2  Abrams, Bertrand,
Nunn, Rice
 
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,596)
Indianapolis, IN
Mar 14
11:00 am, ESPN
vs. No. 8 Michigan
Quarterfinals
L 63–64  19–14
 11  Abrams, Rice   9  Egwu   5  Abrams  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,596)
Indianapolis, IN
NIT
March 19*
6:00 pm, ESPN2
No. (2) at (7) Boston University
First round
W 66–62  20–14
 28  Rice   8  Hill, Rice   3  Abrams  Agganis Arena (1,327)
Boston, MA
March 23*
10:00 am, ESPN
No. (2) at (3) Clemson
Second round
L 49–50  20–15
 15  Rice   6  Egwu   3  Abrams  Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll, (#) during NIT is seed within region. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
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]

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.