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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

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

Illinois Basketball Ranked In Top 25

Fortunately for Illini fans, football season is over and their focus can now switch to basketball

670 The Score–11/26/2012

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

Illinois Routs USC 94-64 At Maui Invitational

Illinois is treating Division II Chaminade like a tough opponent at the Maui Invitational, even after routing USC by 30 points on Monday night.

CBS Chicago–11/20/2012

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

Groce, Illini Put Together Top 25 Recruiting Class

It’s safe to say it’s been a nice ride for new Illinois basketball coach John Groce.

670 The Score–11/14/2012

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

Illini Land Key Recruit Austin Colbert

Though his time with the Illini has been brief, head basketball John Groce is showing promise in his recruiting.

670 The Score–11/12/2012

John Groce. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Wisch: My Plea To Illini Fans During Basketball Season

Here on Basketball Eve, my dual pleas are for Illini fans to not expect too much, and for the Illini players to show us something.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2012

John Groce. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Illini Students Plan To Honor Groce At Home-Opener

When new Illinois basketball coach John Groce makes his debut for the Fighting Illini on Friday Night in Champaign, he’ll be met with a rather quiet crowd.

670 The Score–11/07/2012

John Groce. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Hoge: Beckman Might Not Have A Plan, But Groce Does

While Illini Athletics Director Mike Thomas has come under fire for what is looking more and more like a disaster of a football hire, it seems many have forgotten that Illinois is a basketball school.

10/25/2012

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

Wisch: Groce Getting Close With Elite Recruits Bodes Well For Illini

Back in July, after Simeon superstar Jabari Parker left the Illinois of his Top 10 list of potential college pitstops, I wrote that when it comes to basketball recruiting, second place truly is the first loser.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2012

Nathan Scheelhaase

Wisch: The Truth About Illinois Football

And this deeper dilemma affecting U. of I. athletics is so discouraging that after reading this column, you very well may be driven to drink yourself.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2012

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

Wisch: Illinois Has Something No Other School Can Offer – And John Groce Knows It

From Kansas’ Naismith tradition to North Carolina’s Jordanesque pedigree to Duke’s Coach K-fueled dominance, every “basketball” school in the country has something special to sell.

CBS Chicago–09/18/2012

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

Wisch: Is Illinois Back In The Jabari Parker Sweepstakes?

Illini fans should know not to get their hopes up that Jabari will indeed bring his road show to Champaign in 2013.

CBS Chicago–08/28/2012

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

Wisch: Why Jabari Parker Just Did Illinois A Favor

When it comes to college basketball recruiting, second place truly is the first loser.

CBS Chicago–07/12/2012

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

Wisch: Illini Hoops Defection Is Something To Chew On

At the University of Illinois, the faces may change, but the drama does not.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2012

John Calipari

Wisch: Scheduling Kentucky Could Put A Bounce In Illini’s Step

Illinois still needs a nonconference basketball opponent for its annual game at the United Center this December. Meanwhile, down at Kentucky, John Calipari’s national championship Wildcats just broke up with Indiana, their longtime nonconference foe from the Big Ten.

CBS Chicago–05/04/2012

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