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Illinois Coach: John Groce (1st season at Illinois) Overall 85-56, 4 years 2011-12: Record 17-15 overall, 6-12 in Big 10 (Tie 9th) Starters Returning (3) D.J. Richardson, Brandon Paul, Tracy Adams Preseason Tournament: Maui Invitational Top Non-Conference Games: vs. Georgia Tech, at Gonzaga, vs. Missouri, vs. Auburn Transfer Out: Crandall Head (SMU) Transfer In : Sam McLaurin (Costal Carolina- eligible immediately), Rayvonte Ross (Drake) Early Departure: Meyers Leonard Out is Bruce Weber, he brought tons of talent into Illinois but I guess he couldn’t coach them up. In comes John Groce, whose Ohio team almost upset North Carolina in the tournament last year. The goods new for Groce the Fighting Illini return 4 of their top 6 scorers from last season but lose their best player in Meyers Leonard. The question will be man Groce get more out of this team than Weber could? Leading this team will be senior guards Brandon Paul (14.7 ppg) and D.J. Richardson (11.6 ppg). Both players have pl...

Illinois look to regain stroke after Mizzou loss

ST. LOUIS - While plenty of questions remain about the strength of No. 12 Illinois and their chances to contend for a Big Ten Conference title once league play starts next week, first year coach John Groce learned plenty about his team last week. The Illini, winners of their first 12 games and ranked as high as No. 10 in the Top 25 Associated Press and Coaches Polls, found out the...

Auburn-Illinois Preview

Illinois hopes to regain its long-range touch after its recent struggles finally caught up to the team in its first loss of the season. The 12th-ranked Illini will try to get back on track on Saturday when they host Auburn at the United Center before opening Big Ten play at Purdue on Jan. 2. Illinois (12-1), which is tied for tops in the nation with 9.8 3-pointers per game, shot...
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