Illinois Fighting Illini Mens Basketball Tickets

If you’re searching for a hassle-free way to lock in your spot at a live game of hoops this season, GoTickets is your trusted source for the best Illinois Fighting Illini men’s basketball tickets. Our simple seat selection process and secure checkout will have you squared away in minutes, and the valuable info on this site can help you prepare for your trip to the arena. Before you know it, you’ll be donning your lucky jersey, watching your team from the stands!

Illini Men's Basketball Basics

  • Current Conference: Big Ten Conference

  • Current Division: NCAA Division I

  • Cheerleading Squad: Illini Cheer

  • Dance Squad: Illinettes Dance Team

  • Band: Marching Illini

  • Mascot: Belted Kingfisher

  • Fan Chant: "I-L-L, I-N-I"

  • Team Colors: Orange and Blue

The University of Illinois Basketball Schedule

The Illinois Fighting Illini Men's Basketball schedule features a variety of challenging matchups, including intraconference battles, historic rivalries, and non-conference clashes. Each contest offers a unique test of skills, teamwork, and strategy, providing fans with twists at every turn.

Top Fighting Illini Competitors

  • Northwestern University: As an in-state rival, the Northwestern Wildcats bring a special brand of intensity to games against the Fighting Illini. Winning is one thing, but these teams square off for state bragging rights, and that’s a powerful motivator!

  • Rutgers University: The Scarlet Knights have emerged as a competitive force in the Big Ten, making their games against the Fighting Illini increasingly important. Recent face-offs have been fiercely contested, and as things continue heating up, there’s no telling what will happen.

  • University of Maryland: The UMD Terrapins' recent addition to the Big Ten has added emphasis to games against the Fighting Illini. Their meetings are now pivotal, with both teams often vying for top positions in the conference.

  • University of Michigan: With a strong basketball heritage, the Michigan Wolverines present a significant challenge for the Illini. Games against them impact conference standings, with past pairings frequently influencing the Big Ten title race.

  • University of Iowa: The dynamic offense of the Iowa Hawkeyes makes them a formidable opponent for the Illinois Fighting Illini. Their encounters are typically high-scoring affairs, making them extra exciting to watch.

State Farm Center

The Illini play their home games at the State Farm Center, previously known as the Assembly Hall, located on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign. Opened in 1963, the arena has a capacity of approximately 15,500 and is known for its "Orange Krush" student section. In addition to men’s basketball games, it hosts gymnastics competitions and wrestling matches, as well as concerts, student events, and other large gatherings.

State Farm Center Parking

There are lots on all four sides of the arena, and GoTickets offers buyers the convenience of reserving parking spaces when they purchase their Illinois basketball tickets. This service helps to ensure a stress-free arrival on game day.

Alternative Transportation

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District provides bus services in the Champaign-Urbana area. Check for MTD bus routes that serve the vicinity of the University of Illinois and the State Farm Center.

Notable Illinois Fighting Illini Men's Basketball Players

The Illinois Men's Basketball program has been a fertile ground for nurturing talent that has gone on to make significant impacts in the NBA. This list celebrates the most successful players who have transitioned from Illinois to the professional courts.

  • Derek Harper (1981–1983): Drafted 11th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in 1983, Harper became known for his defensive skills and playmaking abilities. He had a long and successful career, primarily with the Mavericks and New York Knicks.

  • Kendall Gill (1986–1990): Selected 5th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in 1990, Gill had a successful pro career with several teams. Known for his defensive prowess, he led the league in steals during the 1998-1999 season and made the NBA All-Rookie First-Team in 1991.

  • Nick Anderson (1987–1989): Drafted 11th overall by the Orlando Magic in 1989, Anderson became a key player in the Magic's early years, known for his scoring and defense. He played a crucial role in leading the Magic to a conference championship win in 1995.

  • Deron Williams (2002–2005): Drafted 3rd overall by the Utah Jazz in 2005, Williams quickly became one of the league’s top point guards. A three-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA team member, he played a major role in leading the Jazz and later the Brooklyn Nets.

  • Meyers Leonard (2010–2012): Selected 11th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2012, 7-foot tall Leonard developed into a versatile center. Known for his shooting ability, he played an important role with the Trail Blazers and later with the Miami Heat.

Ready for Your Illinois Fighting Illini Men's Basketball Game?

The University of Illinois basketball team has consistently demonstrated their grit and determination, making their games enticing events for any college sports enthusiast. Experiencing a live game offers unparalleled excitement featuring top-tier basketball action and fan camaraderie. To join in the thrill and support the team, call your friends, pick your spot, and get those Illini basketball tickets before they’re gone!