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Illinois coach 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

Illinois coach 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

Illinois coach 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

John Groce, Tim Beckman and Terry Boers. (Credit: CBS)

Illini Roundtable On Boers & Bernstein

Now that 670 The Score will be the new home for University of Illinois basketball and football, The Boers and Bernstein Show hosted an Illini roundtable in studio on Wednesday afternoon.

CBS Chicago–05/09/2013

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

Illini Basketball Adds Transfers Cosby, Ekey

Illinois basketball has added Seton Hall’s Aaron Cosby and Illinois State’s Jon Ekey, the school announced Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–04/17/2013

Illinois Head Coach John Groce  (Credit: Getty)

Illinois Extends John Groce’s Contract

Fighting Illini Head Basketball Coach John Groce received a one-year contract extension, according to a press release.

04/13/2013

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

Wisch: Has Optimism For Illini Football Ever Been Lower?

From 1994-98, I was a student at the University of Illinois, and during those four years I saw a grand total of 14 football victories.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2013

Mike Shaw. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Three Illini Basketball Players Plan To Transfer

Three Illinois basketball players have been granted permission to transfer and will do so when the spring semester ends.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2013

State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Unveils Plan To Renovate ‘Every Inch’ Of Assembly Hall

A long-discussed plan to renovate 50-year-old Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois should start next year and, while cutting seating capacity, include adding air conditioning and suites, Athletic Director Mike Thomas said Thursday.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2013

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