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John Groce. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Fall, But Groce’s Arrow Is Still Pointing Up

Illinois has a lot to prove next year after a strong finish to this season.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2014

Illinois fans. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Suddenly, The Fun Is Back For Illini Basketball

There’s NCAA Tournament hope in Champaign, and that couldn’t have been whispered two weeks ago.

670 The Score–03/04/2014

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Bernstein: College Basketball Around Here Sucks

College basketball has come to die in Chicago, where the five local teams have a .341 winning percentage.

670 The Score–02/23/2014

John Groce. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: The More Games, The Better For Young Illini

Illinois would benefit from playing in any postseason tournament, including the third-tier CBI.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2014

Joe Bertrand. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: What Will Illini Hoops Transfers Bring in 2014-’15?

Illinois needs a pick-up from Aaron Cosby, Ahmad Starks and Darius Paul next fall.

CBS Chicago–02/08/2014

Tim Beckman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Mike Thomas’ To-Do List In Champaign

Mike Thomas has plenty to accomplish to earn his pay raise.

CBS Chicago–01/28/2014

John Groce. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Wisch: Struggling Illini Need To Rediscover Their Toughness

The Illini’s poor start in conference play is all too familiar.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2014

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Illinois Falls To Purdue 66-58

Illinois owned the lead at halftime Wednesday, and they owned an edge on the boards over Purdue that helped the Illini get there. All that changed over the next 20 minutes.

01/15/2014

John Groce. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini Ranked No. 23 In AP Poll

For the first time this season, Illinois (13-2, 2-0) has cracked the AP’s Top 25.

670 The Score–01/06/2014

John Groce. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Basketball Bouncing Back From Bad Weekend

When it comes to weekends, Illini Nation’s was about on par with Bernie’s.

670 The Score–11/19/2013

John Groce. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Nation On Edge As Recruiting Rumors Swirl

Even if the recruiting sky does fall in today, it’s hardly the end of the world for the Illinois program.

670 The Score–11/15/2013

John Groce. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Hoops Season Set To Begin, So Breathe Easy

It’s not just a new season for the Fighting Illini basketball team.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Simeon’s Williams Commits To Illinois

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce is certainly making waves in the recruiting process.

11/05/2013

John Groce. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Groce Can Make Big Splash With Curie’s Alexander

It’s a big weekend for second-year head coach John Groce.

670 The Score–10/25/2013

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Wisch: Picking ‘Naming Rights’ For Big Ten Coaches

To show I’m not just blowing smoke, here are some other suggested sponsors for a few of the Big Ten basketball and football coaches:

670 The Score–10/08/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Short On Expectations, Long On Experience

What exactly would you call this season for the University of Illinois basketball team?

CBS Chicago–10/03/2013

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

Wisch: Groce Is The Coach Illini Fans Have Been Waiting For

From the looks of things, it appears that Illinois has a truly elite coach in John Groce.

670 The Score–09/13/2013

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

Wisch: Illini’s Groce Burning Up The Recruiting Trail

They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

670 The Score–09/05/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Wisch: 5 Thoughts About The Illini’s Basketball Schedule

Hey, anything to keep my mind off Illinois football, ya know?

670 The Score–08/29/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Transfers Not A Sign Of Trouble For Groce, Illini

The signs around campus still read “University of Illinois,” but right now the place is going by a different name: Transfer Central.

CBS Chicago–05/25/2013

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