Possible sports photo of the year: Illini coach John Groce and son

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I’m not talking about the picture above; I’m talking about the Chicago Tribune photo after the jump. It’s Illini coach John Groce and his son embracing the moment after knocking off the #1 Indiana Hoosiers, their hated rival. Of course, there’s conflict for Groce as he grew up a huge Hoosiers fan in Muncie, Indiana. And his wife went to IU as well.

Tonight was so big for Illini basketball that even Kevin Durant, one of the best players in the NBA tweeted about it. “Wow what a game in champagne! Big time win for the fighting illini,” the Durantula tweeted. Unranked Illinois took out the #1 Indiana Hoosiers, making this the third time the Illini beat a #1 ranked team in school history. First was Magic Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans in 1979, the other was Chris Paul’s Wake Forest squad.

It’s the fifth week in a row that the #1 team in college basketball has gone down.



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