Scrappy Illini

Scrappy Illini

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The University of Illinois basketball team (17-8, 4-7) has had an interesting season thus far, to say the least. After losing four of five games, which started with a loss against Northwestern at home, the Illini were looking like they had lost their identity and confidence.

UI head coach John Groce must have had one amazing pep talk to deliver to the team after being defeated by Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin, because his troops rallied to beat the No. 1 ranked Indiana Hoosiers. Normally, teams who lose in-conference games against opponents they are considered to be more talented than usually fold under the pressure of a big game like that.

The Illini remained calm and collected to upset IU in Assembly hall, and then they beat a ranked Minnesota team in the next contest. Perhaps U of I is really as good as they have been tabbed, or maybe they are as bad as they looked against Northwestern. Whatever the case, the rest of the season should be very entertaining for the orange and blue.

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