Brandon Paul scored 26 points and Illinois used a hot first half to ride to an easy 94-64 win over USC Monday night at the Maui Invitational.
Former Illini NCAA Champion Scott Langley made his return to the U.S. Open this week.
Detroit drafted the former Illinois standout in the second round last year and he missed his rookie season because he tore his left Achilles tendon in training camp.
Jamall Walker has also coached at Arizona, Murray State and St. Louis and played guard for St. Louis in the late 1990s.
Groce has been at Ohio since 2008, leading the Bobcats of the Mid-American Conference to the NCAA tournament twice, including a run to the round of 16 this year.
Meyers Leonard had 22 points and 14 rebounds off the bench as Illinois defeated Iowa 65-54 on Sunday night to end a six-game losing streak.
Weber said he is disappointed in himself for criticizing both himself for not building a culture of toughness at Illinois and his players after the 67-62 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers.
The Texas-based energy company plans to sell electricity in Illinois under the brand name Fighting Illini Energy.
Penn State and Illinois played their men’s basketball game Tuesday night, even though a massive snowstorm covered the region with ice and snow.