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2017 Schedule
20-15, 9th in Big Ten

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Bryant transfer Nisre Zouzoua has heard from NC State, Illinois, Missouri, Arizona State, Maryland, Boston College, source told ESPN.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Trend is brewing now with major coaching hires: younger or coaches with less than five years of head coaching experience. Not saying it's right or wrong but it is the trend: LSU, Washington, NC State, Illinois. Outliers are Counzo Martin to Missouri and Brian Gregory to South Florida, so far. Will be interesting to see how Cal, Oklahoma State and UMass handle. Can't see Indiana going in this direction.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

From Illinois: "Brad Underwood will not coach the Illini during the NIT. Jamall Walker will continue to serve as interim coach for as long as we're playing. He will not be on the bench for our game Monday, he'll be in a box."

Illinois makes Underwood an offer he can't refuse (1:04)

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

"We are saddened and disappointed in Brad's decision to leave Oklahoma State after one year," said Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder. "We are trying to digest this news. We wish Brad and his family well. In the meantime, we will consider the situation and move forward."

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

How crazy would this be if Illinois had Brad Underwood coach the Illini in the NIT Monday night against Boise State three days after losing to Michigan as Oklahoma State coach Friday in Indianapolis? Has this every happened? The news conference is earlier in the day in Champaign, Ill., hours before the NIT second-round tipoff.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

More Bill Self on Brad Underwood leaving Oklahoma State for Illinois: "On the outside looking in, it looked to me like OSU and Brad fit very, very well."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas coach Bill Self on Brad Underwood leaving Oklahoma State for Illinois. "It shocks me. I think it would shock most people. Because obviously Brad was on a roll in Stillwater." Self coached previously at Illinois and played at Oklahoma State.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Just spoke with an Oklahoma State official and was told Brad Underwood flew back with the team after the Michigan game Friday, landing at 8 pm CT. There was no indication he was leaving. School official was stunned and learned about his hiring at Illinois via twitter.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois announces the hiring of Brad Underwood.

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10dJeff Goodman

Illinois snags OSU's Underwood as new coach

Illinois is hiring Brad Underwood, who took Oklahoma State to the NCAA tournament in his only season at the school, to be its next coach.

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17dJeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello

Whom should Illinois hire to replace John Groce?

There's now a coaching vacancy in the Big Ten, where Illinois hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 2013. Who will the Illini go after to restore their program?

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

By the way, the AD that hired John Groce is now the AD at Cleveland State. Cleveland State has a head basketball coach vacancy. Just saying.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Potential names at Illinois include Baylor's Scott Drew, California's Cuonzo Martin, SMU's Tim Jankovich, among others.

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17dJeff Borzello

Illinois parts ways with Groce as head coach

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman said the decision to fire coach John Groce on Saturday was "an assessment that has been ongoing for a long time."

Team Stats

Points Per Game71.7214th
Rebounds Per Game34.8234th
Assists Per Game13.5175th
Points Allowed69.193rd

Tournament History

Final Fours5
Tournament Record40-31
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances30