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Illini look to score more, return to NCAA tourney

In this March 13, 2014 file photo, Illinois head coach John Groce, right, talks with guard Rayvonte Rice during an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis. Groce’s expectations for this season are higher after failing to make the NCAA Tournament last year and settling for a spot in the National Invitation Tournament. Rice was last season's leading scorer. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A year ago, Illinois was preparing for a season of unknowns.

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Lunt may be back soon, but Illini count on O’Toole

Illinois quarterback Reilly O'Toole (4) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA football game against Minnesota, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The formula for backup Illinois quarterback Reilly O’Toole’s success against Minnesota was deceptively simple.

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Lunt may be back soon, but Illini count on O’Toole

Illinois quarterback Reilly O'Toole (4) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA football game against Minnesota, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The formula for backup Illinois quarterback Reilly O’Toole’s success against Minnesota was deceptively simple.

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Illini defense delivers win over Gophers, 28-24

Minnesota running back David Cobb (27) is tackled by Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward (17) during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois turned to its much-criticized defense Saturday for a late touchdown and a defensive stand that delivered a 28-24 win over Minnesota.

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