Illini warm to Groce's schedule change

Illini warm to Groce's schedule change

CHAMPAIGN — Knowing their coach leaves no stone unturned in gaining an edge, Illinois basketball players wondered if John Groce was responsible for the dangerous weather that has crippled central Illinois and most of the state.

“They asked if I ordered the weather in to give a taste of the weather we’ll have Wednesday up in Madison,” Groce said of No. 23 Illinois’ upcoming trip to Wisconsin to face the fourth-ranked Badgers. “They had a very good time with all that.”

The snow accumulations and extreme temperatures have forced Groce to switch up his routine a bit. Instead of having the players make multiple trips to the Ubben Basketball Complex on Monday for film and practice sessions, Groce and his staff decided it was in the best interest of all involved to limit the exposure to the elements and knock everything out in one shot.

“It does make me nervous,” he said. “I didn’t want them getting up early in the morning. I didn’t want them coming to the gym twice like they usually do two days (prior to a game). We’re having them come once (Monday) and to get their extra shots. We’re trying to manage it the best that we can.”

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