Emphasis on Defense
CHAMPAIGN - During film study of Illinois' loss to Michigan State, Coach John Groce showed his team clips of both the good and bad variety. The positives: the team scored 75 points on 74 possessions, had eight turnovers, took good shots and set up plays effectively. The negatives: the Spartans shot nearly 88 percent from the field, took 32 free throws and scored 53 points in the second half. Keith Appling scored 24 points as Michigan State went from being down 10 at halftime to up by eight in the first seven minutes of the final period. Most of all, the film confirmed Groce's thoughts immediately following the game. The high points consisted mostly of offensive...
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