Illinois coach John Groce is borrowing his alma mater's most famous tradition.
Groce introduced the tradition at Illinois during the Illini's home opener last season. The second "Orange Hush" took place Friday night during Illinois' season opener against Alabama State.
It took a while for Illinois to get its 10th point, but the Illini finally did it on a corner jump shot from Joseph Bertrand. That inspired a Taylor-esque roar from the "Orange Krush" student section, though it seemed as though the Illinois alumni sections weren't so quick to embrace the new tradition.
At this point, Illinois' "Orange Hush" is no substitute for Taylor's "Silent Night" since it lacks the zany holiday costumes and arena-wide participation of its predecessor. Still, give Groce credit for taking one of college basketball's best small-school traditions and bringing it to the program where he now coaches.
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