Illinois star C Kofi Cockburn out vs. Maryland with concussion

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Illinois star C Kofi Cockburn out vs. Maryland with concussion
© Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports Illinois Fighting Illini center Kofi Cockburn

When the Illinois men’s basketball team takes on Maryland on Friday night, they’ll be looking to bounce back from Monday’s double-overtime defeat against Purdue. The loss to the Boilermakers was the program’s first of 2022 and only their fourth of the season.

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The Fighting Illini will be without their leading scorer and rebounder for the contest against the Terrapins, though, and possibly longer.

Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn will not play tonight at Maryland, Brad Underwood told @Stadium.

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Suffered a concussion against Purdue and is in protocol. Said his status for Tuesday against Michigan State still up in the air.

— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) January 21, 2022

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Cockburn is in his junior season and is currently averaging career highs in points (21.1), rebounds (11.8) and minutes per game (29.4) among other categories through 14 games, while shooting 58.9% from the field and 67.6% from the free throw line. The Jamaican is 11th in the NCAA in scoring and third in the Big Ten, third in the country in rebounding and for the second season in a row, he is leading the conference in his rebounds per game.

He led the entire Big Ten in field goal percentage last season (.654) and is fourth so far this season. In 2020, he was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year and last year he was a second team consensus All-American and was named first team All-Big-Ten.

Illinois is currently 13-4 and ranked No. 17 in the country.

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    The top programs never to make the men’s Final Four

    There is no bigger weekend in college basketball than Final Four weekend. Unfortunately, some schools, including prominent ones, have never been represented in the final three games of the NCAA Tournament. Here we list the top college basketball programs to never reach the men’s NCAA Tournament Final Four.

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    BYU

    The Cougars lead all of men’s college basketball with 29 NCAA Tournament appearances without making a Final Four. They have made three Elite Eights, with the last one coming in 1981.

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    Xavier

    The Musketeers have 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, but they’ve yet to reach the Final Four. Xavier has been a hotbed for head coach development recently with Skip Prosser, Thad Matta, Sean Miller, Chris Mack and now Travis Steele over the past 20-plus years.

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    Missouri

    Former head coach Norm Stewart is known as one of the best basketball coaches to never make the Final Four. The Tigers program has made the NCAA Tournament 27 times, though one of those appearances, 1994, was vacated by the NCAA. The school most recently made the Elite Eight in 2009.

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    Tennessee

    The Vols have a track record of success in both men’s and women’s basketball, but they’ve never made the men’s Final Four in 22 tournament appearances. In fact, their one and only Elite Eight was in 2010.

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    Utah State

    Utah State has made the NCAA Tournament 21 times prior to this year but only made the Elite Eight in 1939 and 1970. The Aggies made the last Big Dance in 2019.

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    Alabama

    The Crimson Tide have seen plenty of success in football but have yet to see the Final Four in men’s basketball after 21 appearances — though the 1987 appearance was vacated by the NCAA. The school did make the Elite Eight in 2004.

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    Creighton

    The Bluejays have made the Elite Eight only once, in 1941, in over 21 NCAA Tournament appearances prior to 2020. They haven’t made the Sweet 16 since 1974.

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    Boston College

    Boston College hasn’t been great of late, but it does have a history of basketball success. The Eagles made the Elite Eight in 1967, 1982 and 1994 out of 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.

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    Miami (OH)

    Miami has 17 NCAA Tournament appearances, last reaching the Big Dance in 2007. The RedHawks have never gone past the Sweet 16.

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    Murray State

    The Racers have 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in their history but have never even made the Sweet 16.

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    Arizona State

    The Sun Devils have gone to 16 NCAA Tournaments, with one of those appearances (1995) vacated by the NCAA, and they have made three Elite Eights in their history. The last one was in 1975.

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    Tulsa

    Tulsa made the NCAA Tournament in 2016 for the school’s 16th appearance. Its lone Elite Eight showing came under Bill Self in 2000.

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    Weber State

    The Wildcats have twice reached the Sweet 16 in their 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. They last won a game in the tourney in 1999, upsetting North Carolina.

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    New Mexico

    New Mexico has made the NCAA Tournament 15 times, including a streak of three straight from 2012-14. Still, the school has never advanced past the Sweet 16 and hasn’t even gone that far since 1974.

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    UAB

    The Blazers have made some noise in the NCAA Tournament during their 15 appearances, but they’ve reached only one Elite Eight in their history.

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    Vanderbilt

    Vanderbilt made its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. The Commodores made only one Elite Eight, in 1965.

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    Davidson

    Davidson has 14 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, including seven in the 21st century. The Wildcats made the Elite Eight three times, including in 2008 with Stephen Curry leading the team.

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    Texas A&M

    The Aggies have made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and reached the Sweet 16 five times, including in 2018.

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    Ohio

    Ohio has made the Sweet 16 as recently as 2012, and its one Elite Eight appearance was in 1964. Still, it hasn’t reached the Final Four in 13 NCAA Tournament appearances.

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    Pepperdine

    Pepperdine has 13 NCAA Tournament appearances in its history but has won only five games all time.

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    Old Dominion

    The Monarchs have made the NCAA Tournament 13 times but have never reached the Sweet 16. Their last appearance was 2019 as a 14 seed. They lost to three-seed Purdue in the first round.

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    San Diego State

    The program made six consecutive appearances before failing to get there in 2016 but made it back in 2018 only to lose in the first round. The Aztecs made the Sweet 16 in 2011 and 2014 and have been in 12 NCAA Tournaments all time.

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    George Washington

    The Colonials have 11 NCAA Tournament appearances but only made the Sweet 16 once. Their golden age was under coach Mike Jarvis during the 1990s, with four appearances and one more after he left in 1999.

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