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Emphasis on Defense

Coach John Groce turned his attention in practice to improving his team's defense following a subpar second half showing in the loss to Michigan State.

CHAMPAIGN - During film study of Illinois' loss to Michigan State, Coach John Groce showed his team clips of both the good and bad variety. The positives: the team scored 75 points on 74 possessions, had eight turnovers, took good shots and set up plays effectively. The negatives: the Spartans shot nearly 88 percent from the field, took 32 free throws and scored 53 points in the second half...

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