Category: John Groce

Illinois Coach John Groce Says the Team Has Already Met the Goal the Seniors Set This Season

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The first season at Illinois for John Groce could not have started any better. His Illini won 14 of their first 16 games, including wins over Butler, Gonzaga and Ohio State. After that rapid start, the schedule got tougher and the Illini quickly came crashing back down. Finishing 22-12, with a ...

John Groce Leads Illinois to 12-0 Start in his First Season on the Job

Friday, December 21st, 2012

There's no arguing that Illinois is one of the most intriguing college basketball teams of the first half of the season. The team lost 12 of its last 14 games last year, finishing 17-15 and watching coach Bruce Weber get the ax. In came John Groce from Ohio and all ...

After Some Delay, Illinois Tabs John Groce as its New Head Basketball Coach

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Shaka Smart decided not to take the job at Illinois and Brad Stevens wasn't even ready to say that he was contacted by the folks with the Fighting Illini. After a bit of a process and much public debate about whether or not the job was still considered an elite-level ...

John Groce: “Our kids believe we can win no matter who we play”

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

It seems like every year at least one “Cinderella” story emerges from March Madness. This year the slipper has fit the number 13 seeded Ohio University Bobcats from the Mid-American Conference quite well. Not only did Ohio knock off Michigan in the second round but then they rallied from behind ...