John Groce's Fighting Illini have started off the 2013-14 campaign with a respectable, but not overly impressive, 9-2 record. Illinois' two losses have come away from home, against Georgia Tech and Oregon, while their best win to date came at UNLV on Rayvonte Rice's last-second layup.
Illinois faces a pair of rivals to close out their nonconference slate. First, the Illini travel to St. Louis to take on the undefeated and No. 23 Missouri Tigers, hoping to end a four-game losing skid against Mizzou. One week later, the orange and blue travel up to Chicago to face the Illinois-Chicago Flames, whom defeated the Illini at the United Center back in 2010.
Big Ten play tips off on New Years Eve when the Illini play host to another rival, the Indiana Hoosiers. After hosting Penn State, Illinois then travels to Wisconsin and Northwestern to complete their first quarter of the B1G slate. Thus far, Illinois has played well but certainly has areas to improve on. Here are some impressive stats to take a peek at regarding this year's version of the Fighting Illini.