Groce on the Assembly Hall: 'Stay the same, you're gonna get lapped'

"You're trying to keep up with the Joneses," Groce said. "If we have aspirations of our program being among the best in the country consistently, then we have to shore up some areas, and one of those is facilities. It helps with everything. It helps with recruiting."

Michigan's arena looks nothing like the drab Crisler Arena of yesteryear. Purdue reworked Mackey Arena. Iowa and Wisconsin added practice facilities to their arenas the last two years. Even Nebraska is moving into a brand-new arena next season.

"We have to take care of Step 1, and that's the Assembly Hall," Groce said. "That's been the priority since we got here, and we just want to take care of that."

Marcus Jackson





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2017-2018 Illini Basketball Schedule

DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 10Southern7:00pm BTN Plus
Sun, Nov 12Tennessee-Martin5:00pm ESPNU
Fri, Nov 17DePaul7:30pm BTN
Sun, Nov 19Marshall4:00pm BTN Plus
Wed, Nov 22Augustana6:00pm BTN Plus
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@UNLV
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11:00pm ESPN2
Wed, Dec 13Longwood 7:00pm BTN
Sat, Dec 16New Mexico State
(Chicago, IL)
7:00pm BTN
Sat, Dec 23Missouri
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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
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Sun, Feb 18Nebraska2:30pm BTN
Tue, Feb 20@Michigan State6:00pm ESPN/2
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Sat, Sept 9Western KentuckyW 20-7
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Fri, Sept 29NebraskaL 28-6
Sat, Oct 7@IowaL 45-16
Sat, Oct 14RutgersL 35-24
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Sat, Nov 11Indiana 
Sat, Nov 18@Ohio State 
Sat, Nov 25Northwestern 
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