The Fighting Illini have had a rough couple of years. Known as one of the "power" programs of the Big Ten, Illinois hasn't truly been successful since 2005 when they fell in the National Title game.
After many long seasons of failure and defeat, this storied basketball program finally dropped long-time coach Bruce Weber, quickly replacing him with former Ohio head coach John Groce. Change is in the air for the first time in a while at Illinois University, and things might finally start to look up.
As the 2012-13 season begins to slowly creep towards us, we give you five bold predictions for the Fighting Illini in their first season under a new head coach.