Maui Invitational Day 2 roundup

Illinois continued its impressive run in the tournament with an 84-61 win over local underdogs Chaminade on Tuesday. The Illini got balanced scoring -- Brandon Paul scored 13 points, D.J. Richardson had 11 and Joseph Bertrand 14. The Illini are off to a 5-0 start, but they haven't really been tested yet. Butler should give them everything they can handle and will be the favorites to win it all after dominating North Carolina. But don't count out Illinois. The team is playing with a lot more aggressiveness and discipline under new head coach John Groce. It has a terrific backcourt in Richardson, Paul and Abrams and size up front.

A win in the tournament will be a huge boon to the Illini's confidence. They aren't in the same class as Big Ten elite teams such as Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State, but they, along with Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, may be a very tough outs in the league. I won't be surprised if the Big Ten gets eight teams into the NCAA tournament this season.

Chad Ford





Filed under: Butler Bulldogs, Illini Basketball

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2017 Illini Football Schedule

DateOpponentTime/TV
Sat, Sept 2Ball State11:00am BTN
Sat, Sept 9Western Kentucky7:00pm BTN
Fri, Sept 15@USF6:00pm ESPN
Fri, Sept 29Nebraska7:00pm FS1
Sat, Oct 7@Iowa11:00am
Sat, Oct 14Rutgers 
Sat, Oct 21@Minnesota2:30pm or
3:00pm
Sat, Oct 28Wisconsin
(Homecoming)
11:00am
Sat, Nov 4@Purdue 
Sat, Nov 11Indiana 
Sat, Nov 18@Ohio State 
Sat, Nov 25Northwestern 
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2017-2018 Illini Basketball Schedule

DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 10Southern 
Sun, Nov 12Tennessee-Martin 
Fri, Nov 17DePaul 
Sun, Nov 19Marshall 
Wed, Nov 22Augustana 
Fri, Nov 24North Carolina Central 
Tue, Nov 28@Wake Forest 
Fri, Dec 1@Northwestern 
Sun, Dec 3Maryland 
Wed, Dec 6Austin Peay 
Sat, Dec 9@UNLV
(Las Vegas, NV)
 
Wed, Dec 13Longwood  
Sat, Dec 16New Mexico State
(Chicago, IL)
 
Sat, Dec 23Missouri
(St. Louis, MO)
 
Sat, Dec 30Grand Canyon 
Wed, Jan 3@Minnesota 
Sat, Jan 6@Michigan 
Thu, Jan 11Iowa 
Mon, Jan 15@Nebraska 
Fri, Jan 19@Wisconsin 
Mon, Jan 22Michigan State 
Wed, Jan 24Indiana 
Tue, Jan 30Rutgers 
Sun, Feb 4@Ohio State 
Thu, Feb 8Wisconsin 
Sun, Feb 11Penn State 
Wed, Feb 14@Indiana 
Sun, Feb 18Nebraska 
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