Illini refreshed, ready to get back to work

With a whirlwind schedule that included a trip to Hawaii, four games in six days and eight games total in the first 2 1/2 weeks of the season, Illinois needed a break.

The Illini (8-0) got it with five days off, and now they hope Western Carolina (3-5) serves as another opportunity to catch their breath. After Tuesday's game at Assembly Hall, they will travel west again to take on Gonzaga on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.

"We had a pretty rigorous schedule," coach John Groce said. "No question (we needed a break). It allowed them to get their minds and bodies right."

Shannon Ryan





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DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Sep 4Kent State8:00pm BTN
Sat, Sep 12Western Illinois 
Sat, Sep 19at North Carolina11:00am
Sat, Sep 26Middle Tennessee State 
Sat, Oct 3Nebraska 
Sat, Oct 10at Iowa11:00am
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2:30pm
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