Last year, the Illini went to the NCAA tournament. They even won a game in the Big Dance.
This Illini season was supposed to be about fresh faces, and if the few Illini veterans don't start playing better, it soon will be.
The story this year for the Fighting Illini will be their overwhelming amount of new players. They have nine, to be exact.
ROSEMONT — John Groce looked over in disbelief when it was announced that the Fighting Illini had nine returning letter winners.
The 2012-13 high school basketball season in Illinois shapes up as one of the most promising and entertaining and competitive and combustible in recent memory...great teams, great players, controve