Posted March 19, 2013 on AP on Fox
Illinois ran out of the gate to start this season, a hot-shooting surprise that opened 12-0 just months after imploding in a way that made observers wonder whether the Illini might carry the effects for some time. They were in those opening weeks one of the best shooting teams in the country. Just about everybody, it seemed, could hit a jump shot. Since then, though, Illinois' shooting has been a miss as often as it's been a hit. In their last four games, the Illini have hit just under a third of their shots, and lost three of four. The one player capable of carrying the team offensively over that span has been Brandon Paul. The senior guard from Gurnee in Suburban Chicago has averaged 20 points over those four contests. He hit the jumper at the buzzer that delivered the only win, in the Big Ten tournament opener over Minnesota. Illinois, as first-year coach John Groce said, has several players who could get hot. But Paul is the shooter most likely to make seventh-seede...

Illinois basketball: Illini receive No. 7 seed in South region, will face Colorado

The Illinois Fighting Illini bowed out of the Big 10 tournament early with a loss to the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday. While the Illini were not able to advance far in the Big 10 tournament, they will be given a chance to do some damage in the NCAA Tournament next week after receiving a No. 7 seed in the South region. The Illini will face the Colorado Buffaloes our of the Pac 12 in...
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