CHAMPAIGN — Asked to describe the rigorous defensive drills Illinois conducted at practice this week, Brandon Paul was interrupted by his coach.
"Don't get me in trouble, Brandon," coach John Groce joked.
The Illini avoided a heap of trouble Saturday.
After a loss to .500 Purdue on Wednesday that lit a giant question mark over the Illini, they recovered and reclaimed their hard-shelled identity with a thorough 74-55 victory over No. 8 Ohio State in front of a sellout crowd at Assembly Hall.