It might take time, but Groce will get job done

New men's coach John Groce finds himself facing the toughest, deepest Big Ten lineup in years. But he's not here to make excuses. He's just facing the fact that, much as he loves to run and play aggressively, well ... his inherited squad may not be ready for that overnight. There's a reason why the Illini lost 12 of their last 14 basketball games.

"I have to keep reminding myself to be patient," Groce said Wednesday. "As coaches, we're aggressive in everything we do. As we establish how we do things on the court, off the court and academically, it is different for the players. Hopefully we can make the learning curve shallow and not steep, and give us a chance to be successful in Year 1."

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Home: 9-1 | Away: 1-5 | Neutral: 3-2
Record: 13-8 (3-5)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 14Georgia SouthernW 80-71
Sun, Nov 16Coppin StateW 114-56
Fri, Nov 21Austin PeayW 107-66
Mon, Nov 24BrownW 89-68
Thu, Nov 27Indiana StateW 88-62
Fri, Nov 28BaylorW 62-54
Tue, Dec 2at Miami FLL 70-61
Sat, Dec 6AmericanW 70-55
Tue, Dec 9VillanovaL 73-59
Sat, Dec 13OregonL 77-70
Wed, Dec 17HamptonW 73-55
Sat, Dec 20MissouriW 62-59
Sat, Dec 27Kennesaw StateW 93-45
Tue, Dec 30at MichiganL 73-65 (OT)
Sat, Jan 3at Ohio StateL 77-61
Wed, Jan 7MarylandW 64-57
Sun, Jan 11at NebraskaL 53-43
Wed, Jan 14at NorthwesternW 72-67
Sun, Jan 18IndianaL 80-74
Wed, Jan 21PurdueW 66-57
Sat, Jan 24at MinnesotaL 79-71
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Sun, Feb 22Michigan State6:30pm BTN
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