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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2015-2016 Illini Basketball Results

Home: 4-6 | Away: 2-4 | Neutral: 5-3
Record: 11-13 (3-8)
DateOpponentTime
Fri, Nov 13North FloridaL 93-81
Sun, Nov 15North Dakota StateW 80-74
Wed, Nov 18@ProvidenceL 60-59
Sat, Nov 21ChattanoogaL 81-77
Mon, Nov 23Chicago StateW 82-79
Fri, Nov 27UABW 72-58
Sat, Nov 28Iowa StateL 84-73
Wed, Dec 2Notre DameL 84-79
Sat, Dec 5Western CarolinaW 80-68
Wed, Dec 9YaleW 69-65
Sat, Dec 12UICW 83-79
Sat, Dec 19South DakotaW 91-79
Wed, Dec 23MissouriW 68-63
Wed, Dec 30MichiganL 78-68
Sun, Jan 3@Ohio StateL 75-73
Thu, Jan 7@Michigan StateL 79-54
Sun, Jan 10PurdueW 84-70
Sat, Jan 16NebraskaL 78-67
Tue, Jan 19@IndianaL 103-69
Sat, Jan 23@MinnesotaW 76-71 (OT)
Thu, Jan 28Ohio StateL 68-63 (OT)
Sun, Jan 31WisconsinL 63-55
Wed, Feb 3@RutgersW 110-101 (3OT)
Sun, Feb 7IowaL 77-65
Sat, Feb 13@Northwestern7:00pm BTN
Tue, Feb 16Rutgers8:00pm BTN
Sun, Feb 21@Wisconsin6:30pm BTN
Thu, Feb 25Indiana8:00pm ESPN/2
Sun, Feb 28Minnesota7:00pm BTN
Thu, Mar 3@Maryland6:00pm ESPN/2
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