Illini sluggish in 64-54 victory

"Over the course of 40 minutes, I don't think our effort, energy level, our focus was where it has been," coach John Groce said.

Illinois shot a season low 35 percent (21 of 60), made only 6 of 23 3-pointers and hit only 16 of 27 free throws, allowing the Spartans to stay in the game from start to nearly the finish.

"I want to give them credit in the second half," Groce said. "I thought we competed on the defensive end. We found a way to grind it out."

Shannon Ryan





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2014-2015 Illini Basketball Schedule

Home: 4-0 | Away: 0-0 | Neutral: 1-0
Record: 5-0
DateOpponentTime/TV
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 State
(Las Vegas)
W 88-62
Fri, Nov 28Baylor
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9:30pm
FOX Sports 1
Tue, Dec 2at Miami FL8:00pm ESPN2
Sat, Dec 6American1:00pm ESPN3
Tue, Dec 9Villanova
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6:00pm ESPN
Sat, Dec 13Oregon
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6:00pm BTN
Wed, Dec 17Hampton6:00pm ESPNU
Sat, Dec 20Missouri
(St. Louis)
1:00pm ESPN2
Sat, Dec 27Kennesaw StateTBD
Tue, Dec 30at Michigan2:00pm ESPN2
Sat, Jan 3at Ohio State11am or 5:30pm
ESPN or ESPNU
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
ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Feb 12Michigan8:00pm
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Sun, Feb 15at Wisconsin12:00pm CBS
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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Home 5-2 | Away 0-4
Record: 5-6 (2-5)
DateOpponentResult
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
Sat, Nov 22Penn StateW 16-14
Sat, Nov 29at Northwestern11:00am ESPNU
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