Big Ten primer: This should be fun

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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DateOpponentTime/TV
Sat, Sept 1Kent State11:00am BTN
Sat, Sept 8Western Illinois6:30pm BTN
Sat, Sept 15USF
(Chicago, IL)
2:30pm BTN
Fri, Sept 21Penn State8:00pm FS1
Sat, Sept 29---Bye--- 
Sat, Oct 6@Rutgers 
Sat, Oct 13Purdue
(Homecoming)
2:30pm / 3:00pm
Sat, Oct 20@Wisconsin11:00am
Sat, Oct 27@Maryland 
Sat, Nov 3Minnesota 
Sat, Nov 10@Nebraska 
Sat, Nov 17Iowa 
Sat, Nov 24@Northwestern 
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