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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

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

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