CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) A year ago, Illinois was preparing for a season of unknowns.
Without mainstays Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson, the Illini's mix of veterans, transfers and a bunch of freshman started 7-0 but later slid into an eight-game losing streak.
''Last year we brought in nine newcomers,'' said coach John Groce, now in his third year. ''I hope we don't have to do that...
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October 28, 2014
Last March when Illinois lost in heartbreaking fashion to Miami (FL) in the NCAA Tournament, four-year senior D.J. Richardson collapsed onto the locker room floor in devastation. D.J. shot just 1 for 11 in his final game with the Fighting Illini.
Shots weren’t falling, I was obviously taking shots that I’m capable of making. They fell in the last game, I was missing this game...