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Illinois coach Groce ready to build from ground up

Updated: April 3, 2013, 3:37 AM ET
Associated Press

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By DAVID MERCER

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- John Groce was starting over from scratch a year ago: New town, new school and a new team. A year later and still coaching basketball at Illinois, Groce finds himself building from the ground up again.

The recently-hired Illini coach was just sitting down with his new players last April, sizing them up after a disastrous collapse cost Bruce Weber his job. That all turned out pretty well for Groce. ...

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