Illinois basketball coach John Groce had plenty to talk about at Big Ten media day.
There’s NCAA Tournament hope in Champaign, and that couldn’t have been whispered two weeks ago.
It’s crazy to think about, but a late-season hot streak could still put Illinois in the Big Dance.
Illinois would benefit from playing in any postseason tournament, including the third-tier CBI.
The future’s more fun to look at than the present for the Illini.