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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