Men's basketball: Illinois eager to start upswing after recent upset
Puzzle, mystery or enigma?
CHAMPAIGN – In a confounding year of college basketball, there may be no more
confounding team than Illinois.
With first-year coach John Groce just getting started and the memory of the collapse that cost his predecessor his job still fresh, few expected much of the Illini. They surprised nearly everyone by going 12-0 and securing a top-10 ranking, then promptly fell apart by opening the Big Ten season 2-7.
The low point was a loss to Northwestern. At home.
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