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CHICAGO - Illinois survived a thrilling men's basketball game against Minnesota 51-49 in the opening round of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at the United Center.
Here is what Fighting Illini coach John Groce and guard D.J. Richardson had to say about the top-seeded Hoosiers:
"I'm ready to keep playing this tournament. I'm blessed to play against these type of teams.
There's a lot of good teams in the Big Ten. We're going to treat Indiana like we treat the rest of the teams in the Big Ten, take it one game at a time. We'll have scouting tonight and get a lot of fluids in us and get prepared for tomorrow."
"I'll know more with when I get with (assistant coach Dustin Ford). Dustin has the scouting report. He can inform me what they have done between when we played them last and now.
But for us right now total focus was on today's game. And D.J.'s exactly right, we have taken it one game at a time. We have not tried to advance our thought any further than that. So here in the next couple hours I'll maybe have some more thoughts on that game specifically.