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WATCH: John Groce coaching his son’s youth team is absolutely adorable

Illinois welcomed the Hawks to their facilities for some practice time.

The Fighting Illini basketball season is just days away — three, to be exact — and the team has been hard at work for the past several months in hopes of an elusive postseason berth. But we’re not here to talk about them right now. No, we’re going to watch some youth basketball training.

John Groce recently hosted the Hawks, his son’s youth team, for practice at the team facilities, and luckily for us, the head coach was mic’d up as a part of the 2016-17 Illinois Basketball Preview Show. The first 2:30 minutes of the above/below video display interactions with members of the Orange and Blue — so feel free to skip over that.

The entire Illinois Basketball Preview Show will air at the following times on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, WCIA, Big Ten Network and Fox Sports Midwest.

Saturday, Nov. 5 (9 pm CT) - Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Sunday, Nov. 6 (9:30 am CT) - WCIA-TV (Champaign-Urbana)
Sunday, Nov. 6 (8 pm CT) - Big Ten Network*
Tuesday, Nov. 8 (2 pm CT) - Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Thursday, Nov. 10 (5:30 pm CT) - Fox Sports Midwest
Saturday, Nov. 12 (4:30 pm CT) - Fox Sports Midwest
Sunday, Nov. 13 (2:30 pm CT )- Fox Sports Midwest
Thursday, Nov. 17 (5:30 pm CT) - Fox Sports Midwest
Saturday, Nov. 19 (Noon CT) - Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Air times subject to change. Check local listings.