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Groce hopes for hot postseason hand at Illinois

Updated: March 13, 2013, 3:09 AM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- John Groce's teams have a way turning it on for the postseason.

In Groce's four seasons at Ohio, the Bobcats went to the NCAA tournament twice, racking up wins over Georgetown in 2010 and Michigan in 2012 before losing a close one to North Carolina in the Sweet 16.

He's about to find out if his Illinois Illini have that kind of postseason fire in them.

Illinois (21-11, 8-10 Big Ten) opens the Big Ten tournament Thursday as the No. 8 seed against No. 9 Minnesota. ...

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