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

New head coach John Groce has impressed thus far, leading his team to a 7-0 start and landing at No. 22 in the AP and coaches poll.

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The Illini won the Maui Invitational earlier this season with a victory over Butler and the team remained unbeaten Sunday by taking down Gardner-Webb on a last-second shot.

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Groce is the first coach to start his Illinois career with a 7-0 start since coach Harry Combes in 1947.

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