Mike Davis’ entrance to practice Tuesday in bare feet was a sign the Illini are ready to start fresh in this week’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge. After Illinois was upset by both Utah and Bradley in the Las Vegas Invitational last week, Davis said he has the opportunity to help the team rekindle its energy early on in the season when it travels to No. 18 Clemson on Wednesday.
“We’re having some growing pains right now, but we’ll get through it,” Davis said “I’m kind of happy that we lost those two games because it’s an eye opener. You can’t go into every game thinking you’re going to win by 40, because you’re not. I’m kind of happy that we lost because now guys are motivated and we need to win.”
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