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Illinois Head Coach John Groce  (Credit: Getty)

Wisch: One Year After Hire, Illini Enjoying A Groce Profit

It turned out that the Illini – and, most significantly, athletic director Mike Thomas – were indeed lucky. And in the end, that was good.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2013

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Hoge: 68 Thoughts On The NCAA Tournament Field

Adam Hoge has spent the better part of the last 42 hours breaking down the bracket and digging up answers to those bracketing questions you have.

CBS Chicago–03/19/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Hoge: Despite Loss To IU, Safe To Call Illini Season A Success

About 20 minutes had passed since their failed attempt at beating the Indiana Hoosiers for the second time this season, but there was still a small sense of accomplishment in the room.

CBS Chicago–03/15/2013

Indiana Hoosiers forward Victor Oladipo dunks the ball against the Illinois Fighting Illini during a quarterfinal game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Indiana defeated Illinois 80-64. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Zeller, Oladipo Lead Hoosiers To 80-64 Win Over Illini

Cody Zeller scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Indiana past Illinois 80-64 Friday in the Big Ten quarterfinals.

03/15/2013

Brandon Paul. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge: Brandon Paul Puts On Show For ‘Super Parents’

When Minnesota guard Austin Hollins stepped out of bounds with 14.6 seconds left in regulation, John Groce had a decision to make.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2013

Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Hoge: Big Ten Tournament Day 1 Primer

A quick look at what to watch for Thursday as the Big Ten Tournament gets underway in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2013

The former mascot of the University of Illinois, Chief Illiniwek. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Univ. Of Illinois Needs To Release Results Of Students’ Illiniwek Vote

The Chief Illiniwek saga took a strange twist when it was revealed by the Daily Illini that unofficial results for all referendums on the 2013 student ballot had been released – except for the one involving the Chief.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2013

Assembly Hall in Champaign. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Happy 50th Birthday, Assembly Hall

In honor of Assembly Hall’s “Big Five-Oh,” here are the five most memorable Illini hoops moments that Dave Wischnowsky witnessed there in person.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2013

Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Hoge: Examining The Floor/Ceiling For The Big Ten’s Eight Contenders

Let’s take a look at the floor and ceiling for each Big Ten contender as the regular season nears an end.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2013

Members of the Orange Krush sit near the top of Welsh-Ryan Arena after posing as Northwestern fans. (Photo by Craig Pessman.)

Wisch: My Orange Krush Adventure To Evanston

I can thank 150 of my new friends in the Orange Krush, the University of Illinois’ famous student basketball cheering section that’s become infamous throughout the Big Ten for hijacking the opposition’s stadiums.

CBS Chicago–02/19/2013

The former mascot of the University of Illinois, Chief Illiniwek. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: ‘Chief Or Nothing’ Latest Rallying Cry For Illinois Students

A student group is again trying to replace banished school symbol Chief Illiniwek – and, this time, another group of students is trying to stop them.

CBS Chicago–02/05/2013

Cody Zeller. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Wisch: This Year’s Big Ten Success Doesn’t Match 1989… Yet

In 108 years of Big Ten basketball, the 1988-89 season still stands out as the conference’s gold standard.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2013

Trey Burke steals the ball from Brandon Paul. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Illini Can’t Handle No. 2 Michigan At Home

Brandon Paul led Illinois (15-6, 2-5) with 15 points but had five of Illinois’ 15 costly turnovers.

CBS Chicago–01/27/2013

Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Who Are The Illini? We’re About To Find Out

Over the next three weeks, Illinois faces five opponents with a combined record of 78-15. Four of them are currently ranked among the Top 15 teams in the country.

CBS Chicago–01/23/2013

Fighting Illini.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Richardson Leads Illinois Past Nebraska 71-51

D.J. Richardson scored a career-high 30 points, Brandon Paul added 14 and Illinois ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-51 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday night.

01/22/2013

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Minnesota Topples Illinois 84-67

Joe Coleman scored 29 points and Andre Hollins added 19 to help No. 8 Minnesota top Illinois Wednesday 84-67 and remain undefeated in the Big Ten.

01/09/2013

Cheerleaders for the Illinois Fighting Illini fire up their fans prior to a game.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini AD Thomas: ‘We’ve Got To Do Better’ In Chicago

There has long been an apparent gap between Chicago sports fans and the University of Illinois’ athletic programs and Illini Athletic Director Mike Thomas is determined to fix it.

670 The Score–12/19/2012

Tyler Griffey #42 of the Illinois Fighting Illini goes to the basket against the Norfolk State Spartans during the game at Assembly Hall on December 11, 2012 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

No. 10 Illinois Beats Norfolk St., Improves To 11-0

Brandon Paul scored 14 points and D.J. Richardson overcame a shoulder injury to add 11 and help 10th-ranked Illinois hold off Norfolk State 64-54 on Tuesday night.

12/11/2012

John Groce. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Wisch: With Hot Start, Groce Making Run At Illini History

Minnesota. The Chicago YMCA. Rose Polytechnic Institute. Minnesota again. The Evanston YMCA. Wisconsin. Millikin. Butler. DePaul. Wisconsin again. Houston. Arizona State. Furman. Louisville. North Carolina. … And Gonzaga?

CBS Chicago–12/08/2012

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No. 22 Illinois Beats Georgia Tech 75-62

Joseph Bertrand made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and scored every point in a 10-0 run to ignite No. 22 Illinois to a 75-62 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game.

11/28/2012

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