Despite loss, Illini looking ahead to postseason

Updated: March 10, 2013, 5:32 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Despite losing three of its last four games, Illinois is looking forward to playing close to home in this week's Big Ten tournament at United Center in Chicago.

Even a 68-55 loss at No. 14 Ohio State on Sunday didn't dampen the expectation of playing for keeps in front of a lot of friendly faces.

"It's fun. It's closer to home for many of us," guard Brandon Paul said. "We've got a lot of Chicago guys. At the same time, we have to come out with the mindset that we ...

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