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John Groce's teams have a way turning it on for the postseason.
In Groce's four seasons at Ohio, the Bobcats went to the NCAA tournament twice, racking up wins over Georgetown in 2010 and Michigan in 2012 before losing a close one to North Carolina in the Sweet 16.
He's about to find out if his Illinois Illini have that kind of postseason fire in them.
Illinois (21-11, 8-10 Big Ten) opens the Big Ten tournament Thursday as the No. 8 seed against No. 9 Minnesota. With wins over Indiana, Gonzaga and Ohio State among its 21 victories, Illinois is a good bet to get to the NCAA tournament, but a win or two in Chicago couldn't hurt and might help build momentum for a team that lost three of its last four regular-season games.
Those Ohio teams that made noise in March started by winning the MAC tournament in both 2010 and 2012.
Groce, in his first year at Illinois, didn't have a very clear answer for questions about what kind of mindset it took for those Bobcat tea...
BEST OF MAXIM
Brandon Paul of the Illinois Fighting Illini may have put a dagger in Minnesota's hopes of an NCAA Tourney berth with a buzzer-beater in the Big Ten Conference Tournament.
It wouldn't be March without a classic freak out by college basketball announcer Gus Johnson and a first-round game of the men's Big Ten basketball tournament provided us with another classic Gus moment.
With Minnesota and Illinois tied up at 51, Illinois Brandon Paul hit a fadeaway jump shot to win the game for the Fighting Illini.
Then, Gus did usually magic to make...
GUS JOHNSON LOVES IT
Yes it's only the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, yes it's not March Madness... but still, how great is it to hear Gus Johnson call a buzzer beater in March once again? Brandon Paul hits this shot at the buzzer to send Illinois into the Big Ten quarterfinals and defeat Minnesota 51-49 and Gus into his trademark histrionics with a great call. ("WELCOME TO THE...
Now this is Big Ten basketball. With his Illinois’ Fighting Illini team being tied up with the Minnesota Golden Golphers, Brandon Paul decided to take over the game and end it all with a buzzer beater. With the first game of the Big Ten tournament ending in classic fashion, I’m excited to see how the [...]
Though the weather may not feel like spring just yet for most of us, on college campuses around the country, teams are gearing up for another riveting college football season. It seems like only yesterday we were witnessing Johnny Manziel hoist the coveted Heisman Trophy in NYC, but in actuality, months have passed, embarrassing photos have surfaced and NFL scouts have found holes...