Illinois off to Hot Start No One Saw Coming

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Illinois off to Hot Start No One Saw Coming

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. — Last weekend, Illinois' surprising unbeaten start was 4.4 seconds away from running head-on into a wall. Gardner-Webb, an opponent any Big Ten school is expected to beat at home, was up by two with the clock winding down on the strength of a banked-in 3-pointer, the kind of good-grief shot that tells the opponent it just might not be their night.

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