No excuses for Illini against Northwestern

Aware that Illinois went into a free fall and lost 12 of the final 14 games last year, Groce has made a point of saying, "We can't change the past," all season. So he's prepped his team on the topic, telling them there will be no excuses this time.

"I'll tell you what, 10 to 15 years from now if they think they're not going to get hit in the mouth in life, we're teaching them the wrong things at the University of Illinois," Groce said Wednesday. "That deal? Fragile confidence? I said to the staff today, 'That's out.'

"Pretty soon (players) will have to deal with their kid being sick, with a family emergency. You will have to deal with things in life that aren't easy. We have to figure that out. We have absolutely no excuses. We have to man up and play. We have to fight. That's the expectation that we have."

Tupper





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Record: 10-10 (0-7)
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 CentralW 86-73
Tue, Nov 28@Wake ForestL 80-73
Fri, Dec 1@NorthwesternL 72-68 OT
Sun, Dec 3MarylandL 92-91 OT
Wed, Dec 6Austin PeayW 64-57
Sat, Dec 9@UNLVL 89-82
Wed, Dec 13LongwoodW 92-45
Sat, Dec 16New Mexico StateL 74-69
Sat, Dec 23MissouriW 70-64
Sat, Dec 30Grand CanyonW 62-58
Wed, Jan 3@MinnesotaL 77-67
Sat, Jan 6@MichiganL 79-69
Thu, Jan 11IowaL 104-97 OT
Mon, Jan 15@NebraskaL 64-63
Fri, Jan 19@WisconsinL 75-50
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