Originally written on Inside the Hall  |  Last updated 2/6/13
Indiana tips off a two-game roadtrip tomorrow evening when the Hoosiers travel to Assembly Hall for the first time since March of 2011 to take on Illinois. The Fighting Illini, once ranked No. 10 in the country, are just 2-7 in the Big Ten and have dropped three in a row. The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. An Illinois season that once had great promise and the virtual certainty of a NCAA Tournament bid is quickly deteriorating to the point that non-conference wins at Gonzaga and over Butler on a neutral floor in Maui might not be enough to keep the Fighting Illini from missing out come Selection Sunday. First-year coach John Groce, who came to Champaign after leading Ohio University to the Sweet 16 last spring, quickly won over Illinois fans with an 12-0 mark out of the gate. But the bottom has fallen out since that surprising start and the Illini have dropped four in a row at home and 8 of 11 overall. The slate doesn’t get any easier this week either as No. 1 Indiana c...
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