Steadier Paul, Illini drop Ohio State

Brandon Paul Illini 2013

All of this has helped Paul feel like he has more space to operate on offense -- he can take a screen or two, read the defense, attack the rim or dish to one of several perimeter options. But Groce has also done something much more basic: He has made his star guard feel trusted.

"He's given me, and continues to give me, more freedom," Paul said. "He knows if I make a strong decision with the ball he doesn't really have to worry about bad shot selection. We've all done a better job this year with bad shot selection, myself especially.

"He's given me the option to control the team, to control the game," Paul said. "He says to go at my pace, and make sure everyone else is on the same page. That definitely helps."

Eamonn Brennan





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Record: 12-8 (2-5)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 11Southeast Missouri StW 81-62
Sun, Nov 13Northern KentuckyW 79-64
Tue, Nov 15McKendreeW 112-65
Fri, Nov 18DetroitW 89-69
Mon, Nov 21WinthropL 84-80 OT
Thu, Nov 24West VirginiaL 89-57
Fri, Nov 25Florida StateL 72-61
Tue, Nov 29NC StateW 88-74
Sat, Dec 3VCUW 64-46
Tue, Dec 6IUPUIW 85-77
Sat, Dec 10Central MichiganW 92-73
Sat, Dec 17BYUW 75-73
Wed, Dec 21MissouriW 75-66
Tue, Dec 27@MarylandL 84-59
Sun, Jan 1Ohio StateW 75-70
Sat, Jan 7@IndianaL 96-80
Wed, Jan 11MichiganW 85-69
Sat, Jan 14MarylandL 62-56
Tue, Jan 17@PurdueL 91-68
Sat, Jan 21@MichiganL 66-57
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