"The Illini were projected as an NIT team entering the season, but Groce has done a phenomenal job with this group," writes CBS' Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman. "The first-year coach has Illinois off to a 14-3 start even after Wednesday's loss to Minnesota. The Illini own wins over Butler, Gonzaga and Ohio State."
Illinois is 14-3 (1-2) after last night's loss at home to No. 8 Minnesota. Illinois travels to Wisconsin Saturday (1:15 pm BTN).