Illini remind Brad Stevens of '07-08 Butler - except better

Stevens said the Fighting Illini resembled the team from his first season as head coach, 2007-08, when the Bulldogs featured 3-point shooters and compiled a 30-4 record.

"They're just bigger, stronger and more athletic than that team was," Stevens said.

Illinois, leading the nation in 3s, sank 10 baskets from the arc by five different players and defeated Butler 78-61 at Lahaina, Hawaii.

Stevens said the system is "perfect" for the team Groce inherited in his first season as Illini coach.

"I think it's going to be one heckuva year for them," Stevens said. "That's a really good basketball team that we just got beat by."

indystar.com





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