Maui Invitational Day 2 roundup

Illinois continued its impressive run in the tournament with an 84-61 win over local underdogs Chaminade on Tuesday. The Illini got balanced scoring -- Brandon Paul scored 13 points, D.J. Richardson had 11 and Joseph Bertrand 14. The Illini are off to a 5-0 start, but they haven't really been tested yet. Butler should give them everything they can handle and will be the favorites to win it all after dominating North Carolina. But don't count out Illinois. The team is playing with a lot more aggressiveness and discipline under new head coach John Groce. It has a terrific backcourt in Richardson, Paul and Abrams and size up front.

A win in the tournament will be a huge boon to the Illini's confidence. They aren't in the same class as Big Ten elite teams such as Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State, but they, along with Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, may be a very tough outs in the league. I won't be surprised if the Big Ten gets eight teams into the NCAA tournament this season.

Chad Ford


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2018 Illini Football

Home: 2-2 | Away: 1-1 | Neutral: 0-1
Record: 3-4 (1-3)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Sat, Sept 1Kent StateW 31-24
Sat, Sept 8Western IllinoisW 34-14
Sat, Sept 15USFL 25-19
Fri, Sept 21Penn StateL 63-24
Sat, Oct 6@RutgersW 38-17
Sat, Oct 13PurdueL 46-7
Sat, Oct 20@WisconsinL 49-20
Sat, Oct 27@Maryland2:30pm BTN
Sat, Nov 3Minnesota2:30pm BTN
Sat, Nov 10@Nebraska 
Sat, Nov 17Iowa 
Sat, Nov 24@Northwestern 
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2018-2019 Illini Basketball

DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 2Illinois Wesleyan
(Exhibition)
7:00pm BTN Plus
Thu, Nov 8Evansville7:00pm BTN Plus
Tue, Nov 13Georgetown7:30pm FS1
Mon, Nov 19Gonzaga
(Maui Invitational)
10:30pm ESPN2
Tue, Nov 20Arizona or Iowa State
(Maui Invitational)
 
Wed, Nov 21TBD
(Maui Invitational)
 
Sun, Nov 25Mississippi Valley State1:00pm BTN Plus
Tue, Nov 27@Notre Dame6:00pm ESPN2/U
Sun, Dec 2@Nebraska4:00pm BTN
Wed, Dec 5Ohio State
(Chicago, IL)
6:00pm BTN
Sat, Dec 8UNLV1:00pm BTN
Sat, Dec 15East Tennessee State1:00pm BTN Plus
Sat, Dec 22Missouri
(St. Louis, MO)
7:00pm BTN
Sat, Dec 29Florida Atlantic2:00pm BTN Plus
Thu, Jan 3@Indiana5:30/6:00pm FS1
Sun, Jan 6@Northwestern 
Thu, Jan 10Michigan7:00pm FS1
Wed, Jan 16Minnesota8:00pm BTN
Sun, Jan 20@Iowa12:00pm BTN
Wed, Jan 23Wisconsin8:00pm BTN
Sat, Jan 26Maryland
(New York, NY)
11:00am BTN
Wed, Jan 30@Minnesota8:00pm BTN
Sat, Feb 2Nebraska1:15pm BTN
Tue, Feb 5Michigan State6:00pm ESPN/2
Sat, Feb 9Rutgers3:00pm BTN
Thu, Feb 14@Ohio State6:00pm ESPN/2
Mon, Feb 18@Wisconsin7:00pm FS1
Sat, Feb 23Penn State11:00am BTN
Wed, Feb 27@Purdue7:30pm BTN
Sun, Mar 3Northwestern5:30pm BTN
Thu, Mar 7Indiana7:00pm FS1
Sun, Mar 10@Penn State11:00am FS1
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