After knocking off Illinois-Chicago Saturday afternoon, Illinois finished its nonconference slate with an 11-2 record. Heading into Tuesday afternoon's conference opener against Indiana at the State Farm Center, the Illini are just outside the nation's Top 25, receiving votes in both the AP and the Coaches polls.
With only 10 scholarship players and one walk-on available to take the floor, John Groce has gotten the most out of his team, a young bunch that includes five freshmen and two transfers. While the five freshmen have each had their moments of good play, the team relies heavily on their veteran starting five.
Here's a look at those players and what they've accomplished through 13 games this season.