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...