Found December 23, 2012 on The Sports Bank:
The Illinois Fighting Illini suffered their first loss last night to Mizzou, but they’re still 12-1. And nationally ranked. I think any Illinois fan would have taken 12-1 at this point when the season started. This Illini team will go as far as their seniors will take them. And I’m not talking about Tyler Griffey. Four year starter guards D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul are the keys to the Illini maintaining that top ranking and getting a high seed in March. And then doing something with it. There’s a big difference between this year’s team and last year’s. And it’s due to the coaching change from Bruce Weber to John Groce. And the new system in place. Richardson talked about the style. “keep the floor spread, coach likes to play at a good pace,” he said. “the guards are more involved with ball screens and keep the floor spaced, the guards don’t do too much getting in the paint, setting the screens and Weber was more more of a motion coach, coach Groce is more of keeping it spread...

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