Illinois Has New Coach, New Culture and 10-0 Record After Win at Gonzaga

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Illinois Has New Coach, New Culture and 10-0 Record After Win at Gonzaga
James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Six hours before tipoff of Saturday's most interesting college basketball game, Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti was in his office preparing for shootaround. I stopped by. We talked. I eventually asked for his thoughts on Illinois, at which point Giacoletti described Brandon Paul as an NBA guard, John Groce as a coach whose players have bought in and the Illini in general as a dangerous opponent because of their ability to shoot 3-pointers.

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