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A look at the numbers provides a glaring explanation for games the Illini have won and lost.

CHAMPAIGN - During the non-conference portion of Illinois' schedule, when wins came by the dozen in a row and the Illini wins were credited mostly to outstanding shooting, Coach John Groce repeatedly gave subtle reminders that there were two phases of the game of basketball. "I've said this all along when everybody wanted to talk about offense and 3-point shooting, you've got to get stops to... Recommended Stories