Illinois opens with a victory.
Finally eligible and healthy, Austin Hutcherson hardly looked rusty, sparking Illinois to a convincing 101-34 victory.
"I'm gonna come in and work hard," Payne said, pointing at the slogan on the tongues of his sneakers. "Just try to be the 'Every day guy' like they say."
"Obviously now we have a chance to have one of the most memorable seasons in school history, and that would only further cement his place in our program's record books."
Illinois’ basketball roster is in flux as players have transferred and others decide whether to use their future eligibility. But coach Brad Underwood firmed up a strong incoming recruiting class Wednesday.