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Illinois. It is impossible to say enough about what Illinois coach John Groce has done in his first half-season in Champaign. In the matter of a few months, he transformed senior guard Brandon Paul from an inefficient gunner to an All-American, totally revamped not only Illinois' style but its overall approach, made a team of little-used role players into one of the scariest offensive squads in the country, won the Maui Invitational and beat Gonzaga at Gonzaga, and almost single-handedly revived one of the nation's best fan bases out of its previously depressed stupor. Will the Illini -- who live and die by the 3, in every sense of the cliche -- be able to sustain this pace? Maybe not, but I won't bet against them.

Eamonn Brennan





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2017-2018 Illini Basketball

Home: 5-0 | Away: 0-0 | Neutral: 0-0
Record: 5-0 (0-0)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 10SouthernW 102-55
Sun, Nov 12Tennessee-MartinW 77-74
Fri, Nov 17DePaulW 82-73
Sun, Nov 19MarshallW 91-74
Wed, Nov 22AugustanaW 96-62
Fri, Nov 24North Carolina Central6:30pm BTN Plus
Tue, Nov 28@Wake Forest8:00pm ESPNU
Fri, Dec 1@Northwestern8:00pm BTN
Sun, Dec 3Maryland7:00pm BTN
Wed, Dec 6Austin Peay7:00pm BTN
Sat, Dec 9@UNLV11:00pm ESPN2
Wed, Dec 13Longwood7:00pm BTN
Sat, Dec 16New Mexico State
(Chicago, IL)
7:00pm BTN
Sat, Dec 23Missouri
(St. Louis, MO)
7:00pm ESPN2
Sat, Dec 30Grand Canyon3:00pm BTN Plus
Wed, Jan 3@Minnesota8:00pm BTN
Sat, Jan 6@Michigan11:00am BTN
Thu, Jan 11Iowa7:00pm FS1
Mon, Jan 15@Nebraska8:00pm BTN
Fri, Jan 19@Wisconsin8:00pm FS1
Mon, Jan 22Michigan State8:00pm FS1
Wed, Jan 24Indiana8:00pm BTN
Tue, Jan 30Rutgers6:00pm BTN
Sun, Feb 4@Ohio State11:00am FS1
Thu, Feb 8Wisconsin8:00pm BTN
Sun, Feb 11Penn State6:00pm BTN
Wed, Feb 14@Indiana7:30pm BTN
Sun, Feb 18Nebraska2:30pm BTN
Tue, Feb 20@Michigan State6:00pm ESPN/2
Thu, Feb 22Purdue6:00pm FS1
Sun, Feb 25@Rutgers2:00pm BTN
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2017 Illini Football

Home: 2-4 | Away: 0-5
Record: 2-9 (0-8)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Sat, Sept 2Ball StateW 24-21
Sat, Sept 9Western KentuckyW 20-7
Fri, Sept 15@USFL 47-23
Fri, Sept 29NebraskaL 28-6
Sat, Oct 7@IowaL 45-16
Sat, Oct 14RutgersL 35-24
Sat, Oct 21@MinnesotaL 24-17
Sat, Oct 28WisconsinL 24-10
Sat, Nov 4@PurdueL 29-10
Sat, Nov 11IndianaL 24-14
Sat, Nov 18@Ohio StateL 52-14
Sat, Nov 25Northwestern3:00pm FS1
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