Something's got to give Thursday night.
Toughness is a thing John Groce has prided his team on throughout the season. It's a word he uses a lot.
"Thinking of getting my first Big Ten win, I never thought my team would only have 49 points."
For 20 minutes, the Illini looked primed for a letdown Saturday, but overcoming periods of poor play is a trait a championship team needs to have. And great defense helps, too.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois sank five key free throws late to knock off Indiana in overtime, 83-80, Saturday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.