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Last chance for Illinois veterans

It's now or never for John Groce at Illinois and he will be hard pressed to find a more experienced team that could end the Illini's three-year NCAA tournament drought. Most experienced teams (Insider)

Illinois sits No. 4 in recruiting

The Fighting Illini land four four-star recruits. The highlight is four-star center Jeremiah Tilmon, followed by guard DaMonte Williams, point guard Trent Frazier and guard Javon Pickett. 2017 Class Rankings (Insider)

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

The good news for Illinois hoops fans. The injury list is just at one right now: Jalen Coleman-Lands is out for a few more weeks - healing a broken hand, John Groce told ESPN. This is a program ravaged by injuries and off-court issues, but can be dangerous this season -- if the Illini stay healthy. Tracy Abrams and Mike Thorne both back. Obviously it's a big year for Groce.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Other key visits this weekend… • Five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 23) heads to TCU for an unofficial visit. The Horned Frogs have moved into a good spot for Vanderbilt since hiring Corey Barker, Vanderbilt's cousin, as an assistant coach. Former New Mexico center Nikola Skecic will also be on campus. • Tennessee welcomes Isaiah Stokes (No. 60) and four-star forward Tyler Polley. • No. 51 Ethan Thompson heads to Oregon State for his official visit. The Beavers' conducted an in-home visit on Sunday, and they have the edge in his recruitment: Thompson's father is an assistant coach and his brother plays for the Beavers. • Xavier Tillman (No. 75) takes his official visit to Michigan State, two weeks after going there on an unofficial visit. Purdue, Florida and Marquette are also in the mix. • Justin Smith (No. 80) cut his list to four this week, and will visit Villanova this weekend. He took a trip to Indiana last weekend, was at Xavier earlier this month, and will visit Stanford later this month. • Anthony Gaines (Butler), Devontae Shuler (South Carolina), Evan Battey (Miami), Jamal Cain (Marquette), Abu Kigab (Illinois), Victor Uyaelunmo (USC), Darryl Morsell (Notre Dame) and C.J. Roberts (Missouri) are some other visits to keep an eye on.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-star forward Kris Wilkes tells ESPN he's down to Indiana, Illinois, Xavier, UCLA and UConn.

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Big Ten stability: Minnesota's Pitino in trouble?

Some Big Ten coaches, such as Minnesota's Richard Pitino, sit squarely on the hot seat. Others, such as Michigan State's Tom Izzo, are untouchable. How do they all stack up?

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Top-30 prospect Tilmon commits to Illinois

Top 30 prospect Jeremiah Tilmon told ESPN he committed to Illinois, choosing the Illini over a final list of Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State, Texas and Missouri.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 29-ranked senior Jeremiah Tilmon tells ESPN he is down to five: Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, Texas and Kansas.

Tournament History

Final Fours5
Tournament Record40-31
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances30