Illinois kicks off Groce era in grand style

"I need to take a deep breath," Groce said after the game. "You see the names that are on that trophy and it really puts it into perspective. The quality of this tournament. I think it's the premier preseason tournament."

"The thing I was probably the most proud of was our toughness," Groce added. "Whenever you play Butler, you have to be tough. They are just so tough mentally and physically. They never beat themselves. ... We're excited. We're not done. I think it's a tremendous start for our basketball program. But we can still get better."

Asked to describe his style in one word, Groce responded, "Attacking."

Chad Ford

Filed under: Butler Bulldogs, Illini Basketball


IllinoisLoyalty on Facebook Facebook    IllinoisLoyalty RSS Feed RSS    IllinoisLoyalty Daily Email Daily Email

Upcoming Football Games

Fri, Sep 4Kent State8:00pm
Sat, Sep 12Western IllinoisTBD
Sat, Sep 19at North CarolinaTBD
Sat, Sep 26Middle Tennessee StateTBD
All times CT.

Fighting Illini Sports Forums

Jump:   Illini Basketball   Illini Football   Sports Talk
2015 Transfers Thread
Last post by combes 4 minutes ago
White Sox 2015 Thread
Last post by oscar 6 minutes ago
Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread
Last post by ILL in IA 7 minutes ago
Illinois Football Recruiting Thread
Last post by FlyingIllini7737 24 minutes ago
State Farm Center Reseating
Last post by IlliniNation05 2 hours ago
Chicago Cubs 2015 Season
Last post by IanKEvans2 3 hours ago
Coaching Carousel 2015
Last post by MainelyIllini 7 hours ago
State Farm Center Renovation
Last post by Deeforthree 7 hours ago
Jon Davis, Matt LaCosse sign with NFL Teams
Last post by Illinnoying Orange 7 hours ago
St. Louis Cardinals 2015 Season
Last post by jrichisamazing 8 hours ago
Fighting Illini Tour 2015
Last post by jrichisamazing 8 hours ago
2014-2015 Blackhawks
Last post by KBLEE 8 hours ago
Chicago Bears 2015
Last post by Shiloh 13 hours ago
Illini Basketball 2015-2016
Last post by rcjord1 22 hours ago
Illini Golf 2014-2015
Last post by carmelillini 22 hours ago

Get Free Daily Email Updates

Enter your email address:

2015 Illini Football Schedule

Fri, Sep 4Kent State8:00pm
Sat, Sep 12Western Illinois 
Sat, Sep 19at North Carolina 
Sat, Sep 26Middle Tennessee State 
Sat, Oct 3Nebraska 
Sat, Oct 10at Iowa 
Sat, Oct 24Wisconsin
Sat, Oct 31at Penn State 
Sat, Nov 7at Purdue 
Sat, Nov 14Ohio State 
Sat, Nov 21at Minnesota 
Sat, Nov 28Northwestern
(Soldier Field, Chicago, IL)
All times CT. Game times & TV listed when announced.