Found January 09, 2013 on NESN.com:
The college basketball season has moved into conference play, which means several good matchups are lined up this week. Minnesota will be highlighted in the Big Ten, challenging Illinois and then Indiana, both on the road. Meanwhile, the Duke Blue Devils will face a stiff test Saturday from an upstart North Carolina State team. Here’s a look at the four best matchups for this week: Minnesota Golden Gophers at Illinois Fighting Illini — Wednesday, Jan. 9 This is a matchup that a lot of national college basketball watchers have been waiting for. Minnesota and Illinois have not been a part of the Big Ten’s power structure over the past several seasons, but that’s changing. For Illinois, John Groce has taken over the program from Bruce Weber, who was fired at the end of last season. Illinois has dropped decisions to Missouri and Purdue, but otherwise, the Illini have been one of the most pleasant surprises in the Big Ten this season. Meanwhile, Minnesota has avoided the injuries and tra...
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