John Groce

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

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

Wisch: How Far Can The Fighting Illini Go?

The last time Illinois and Colorado squared off in a game that truly meant something, the Fighting Illini fell far behind, staged a furious comeback and escaped with a dramatic one-point victory.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2013

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

Illinois, Paul Get Shot At Strong Finish In NCAA Tournament

Illinois ran out of the gate to start this season, a hot-shooting surprise that opened 12-0 just months after imploding in a way that made observers wonder whether the Illini might carry the effects for some time.

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

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

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

Wisch: Illini Season Already A Success? It’s Looking Like It

By the end of that ugly Big Ten basketball tilt in Iowa City on Tuesday night, the only thing more plentiful among the Illini than missed shots was their disappointment.

CBS Chicago–03/07/2013

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

Illini Athletic Department Chose The Worst Picture Possible To Promote The Penn State Game

(WSCR) We’re going to assume this was just a major, major oversight by the University of Illinois ticket offices. In an email sent to Illini fans Thursday morning, the athletic department encourages fans to purchase […]

670 The Score–02/14/2013

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

Wisch: NCAA Tourney-Bound? Illini Basketball Still Has Work To Do

On Monday morning, a Facebook friend posted a status asking where people thought Illinois will be seeded in the NCAA Tournament. His guess: as a No. 8 seed.

CBS Chicago–02/12/2013

Tyler Griffey.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Need To Make Upset Of No. 1 IU Mean Even More

It was a win that only the heaviest orange Kool-Aid drinker could have possibly seen coming, but it’s a victory that will forever be viewed by every Illini fan as among the greatest in school history.

CBS Chicago–02/08/2013

Tyler Griffey celebrates with teammates after hitting the game-winning shot. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Groce On Beating No. 1 Indiana: We Battled All Night

Illinois’ win over No. 1 Indiana on Thursday night wasn’t easy.

670 The Score–02/08/2013

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

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

Wisch: Illini Need To Keep Rebounding – In More Ways Than One

The Fighting Illini are an imperfect basketball team.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2013

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

Wisch: Keep Your (Long-Term) Basketball Spirits Up, Illini Nation

Keep your wits about yourself, Illini Nation.

CBS Chicago–01/05/2013

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

General view of Assembly Hall.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Basketball Is Hot, But Ticket Sales Are Not

With an 11-0 record and a Top 10 ranking, Illinois basketball appears to be back. But the Illinois basketball crowds? Well, they’re not.

CBS Chicago–12/15/2012

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

Brandon Paul. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Illini Ranked No. 10 Nationally

It’s early, but so far, new Illini basketball coach John Groce seems to be the answer at Illinois.

670 The Score–12/10/2012

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

Evan Turner & Brandon Paul. (Credit: Getty Images.)

Wisch: Can Brandon Paul Pull An ‘Evan Turner’ This Season?

He’s three inches shorter, five pounds lighter and unlikely to be named National Player of the Year (or go No. 2 in the NBA Draft), but that doesn’t mean Brandon Paul can’t still pull an Evan Turner this season.

670 The Score–12/01/2012

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

Wisch: Illinois Football Has Problems Bigger Than Beckman

When the Chicago Cubs, coming off their 104th year of championship futility topped by 101-loss cherry, probably inspire more hope and interest than your football program does, you know you have a problem.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2012

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