Groce zones in on Illini defense

On Monday, as Illinois prepares to host Western Carolina Tuesday night, Groce confirmed that Illinois stayed in its zone for 19 possessions in that game, or about 25 percent (maybe more) of the game.

Best of all, he liked what he saw and although he wouldn't say where or when, he said fans can expect to see more zone in the future.

"It was good," he said of Illinois' proficiency in the zone. "It charted out well. We knew we were going to play it some during the game, but I didn't know we would play it that much.

"It was more of a feel thing, but it was pretty effective during the game and as we continued to chart it, we stayed with it."

Tupper





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Home: 6-0 | Away: 0-1 | Neutral: 3-2
Record: 9-3
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Fri, Nov 14Georgia SouthernW 80-71
Sun, Nov 16Coppin StateW 114-56
Fri, Nov 21Austin PeayW 107-66
Mon, Nov 24BrownW 89-68
Thu, Nov 27Indiana StateW 88-62
Fri, Nov 28BaylorW 62-54
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Sat, Dec 6AmericanW 70-55
Tue, Dec 9VillanovaL 73-59
Sat, Dec 13OregonL 77-70
Wed, Dec 17HamptonW 73-55
Sat, Dec 20MissouriW 62-59
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Wed, Jan 7Maryland8:00pm BTN
Sun, Jan 11at Nebraska7:30pm BTN
Wed, Jan 14at Northwestern8:00pm BTN
Sun, Jan 18Indiana12:00pm BTN
Wed, Jan 21Purdue8:00pm BTN
Sat, Jan 24at Minnesota1:15pm BTN
Sat, Jan 31Penn State12:00pm BTN
Tue, Feb 3Rutgers8:30pm BTN
Sat, Feb 7at Michigan State11:00am
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Sun, Feb 22Michigan State6:30pm BTN
Wed, Feb 25at Iowa8:00pm BTN
Sat, Feb 28Northwestern6:00pm BTN
Wed, Mar 4Nebraska9:00pm BTN
Sat, Mar 7at Purdue3:30pm BTN
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Record: 6-6 (3-5)
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Sat, Aug 30Youngstown StateW 28-17
Sat, Sep 6Western KentuckyW 42-34
Sat, Sep 13at WashingtonL 44-19
Sat, Sep 20Texas StateW 42-35
Sat, Sep 27at NebraskaL 45-14
Sat, Oct 4PurdueL 38-27
Sat, Oct 11at WisconsinL 38-28
Sat, Oct 25MinnesotaW 28-24
Sat, Nov 1at Ohio StateL 55-14
Sat, Nov 15IowaL 30-14
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