CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois will see something Wednesday that it hasn't had to face yet in the young basketball season: a big opponent.
The Illini (2-0) take on Valparaiso at home Wednesday night. The Crusaders (2-0) have four players who are 6-9 or taller. That includes a 7-footer in 270-pound center Moussa Gueye.
Illinois coach John Groce said Tuesday that Valparaiso is easily the biggest team the Illini have played so far.
Illinois only has two big men in 6-11 Nnanna Egwu and 6-10 Maverick Morgan.
Valparaiso's size could present a challenge in the one area Groce said Illinois needed to work on after Sunday's win over Jacksonville State. Illinois won 86-62 but was outrebounded 44-37.
But Groce said his guards were not involved enough in rebounding Sunday.