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"We're going to keep doing what we're doing," Groce said. "What? I'm just going to panic and do something different? We're going to do what we do and do what we do better."
There are certainly improvements to be made.
The Illini finished their win with 21 turnovers, five of them coming from Brandon Paul, to only seven assists. West Chester outscored the Illini 46-31 in the second half, cutting a 27-point Illini lead to only 10 points, prompting Groce to reinsert his starters in the final two minutes.
"It was sporadic or random at best," Groce said. "I thought we played well for about 20 minutes of it. … Those (statistics) aren't up to our standards. These guys have some pretty high standards."
Point guard Tracy Abrams finished with a game-high 17 points to go with seven rebounds and three steals.
It's safe to expect him to be instrumental in the Illini's rotation, which Groce said he is finalizing.
Through the exhibitions, he has started the players who graded out the highest at practices and he has kept a measured chart on how rotations worked together. Groce hopes to have a set rotation, which he expects to be about nine players deep, by Tuesday.