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Big Ten Fall Preview #7 Illinois

Spring preview https://spartanbreakdown.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/spring-big-ten-preview-7-illinois-pt-i/ https://spartanbreakdown.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/spring-big-ten-preview-7-illinois-pt-ii/ WHAT’S CHANGED? A lot with this group. First, the losses: 1. Darius Paul was supposed to be back, something I don’t think I addressed in the spring. As it turns out, it’s a moot point, because he was dismissed from the team *again* after an incident involving an arrest while on […]

Spring Big Ten Preview #7 – Illinois Pt II

NEWCOMERS Mike Thorne is a BIG bodied transfer from Charlotte, checking in at 6’10” and 270lbs. He averaged 10.1 ppg and 7.3 rpg last season in Charlotte, so he’s produced at the D1 level and would seem to be fully capable of solving an otherwise significant hole for the Illini. Thorne doesn’t have to be […]

Spring Big Ten Preview #7 – Illinois Pt I

LAST SEASON After missing the NCAA Tournament in his second season, coach John Groce felt he had enough material to work with in 14-15 to get the Illini back to that level this past season, combining a nice core of young talent with veterans like Rayvonte Rice and Nnanna Egwu and a couple of supposedly […]

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