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





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2017-2018 Illini Basketball

Home: 7-1 | Away: 0-3 | Neutral: 0-0
Record: 7-4 (0-2)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 10SouthernW 102-55
Sun, Nov 12Tennessee-MartinW 77-74
Fri, Nov 17DePaulW 82-73
Sun, Nov 19MarshallW 91-74
Wed, Nov 22AugustanaW 96-62
Fri, Nov 24North Carolina CentralW 86-73
Tue, Nov 28@Wake ForestL 80-73
Fri, Dec 1@NorthwesternL 72-68 OT
Sun, Dec 3MarylandL 92-91 OT
Wed, Dec 6Austin PeayW 64-57
Sat, Dec 9@UNLVL 89-82
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Sat, Jan 6@Michigan11:00am BTN
Thu, Jan 11Iowa7:00pm FS1
Mon, Jan 15@Nebraska8:00pm BTN
Fri, Jan 19@Wisconsin8:00pm FS1
Mon, Jan 22Michigan State8:00pm FS1
Wed, Jan 24Indiana8:00pm BTN
Tue, Jan 30Rutgers6:00pm BTN
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Wed, Feb 14@Indiana7:30pm BTN
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