John Groce’s Illini (7-0) trailed by 8 points at halftime
Rayvonte Rice scored game-winner with 27 seconds left
Illinois is 5-0 on the season; 11-0 all-time against the Cougars.
John Groce says Illinois had landed hometowner Michael Finke & Leron Black from Memphis.
Chicago area’s Cliff Alexander picks Kansas over Illini
It’s the 14th straight year the Illini open with two or more wins.
Illinois transfer Rayvonte Rice thrilled the fans with 22 points.
Jon Ekey from Illinois State (pictured) can play next season, while Aaron Crosby from Seton Hall must sit out a season.
Brandon Paul & the Illini finish the season on controversial note.
Coach John Groce’s team is #7 seed in East regional.