What a game on Saturday! Crisp passing. Good shot selection. Nice teamwork.Unfortunately, that only described the Illini for the first 10 minutes or so of the game. The rest of the game, that described the Spartans, who showed why they continue to be the class of the Big Ten. But honestly, the Illini were on top of the Big Ten after playing teams in the lower half of a tough conference. They are just now getting into a tougher stretch. Despite the painful loss, there were a few encouraging signs:Strong start. The Illini got off to a great start in East Lansing, and that was a refreshing change from the anemic starts we've seen earlier this season.Tyler Griffey. Freshman Griffey provided an unexpected spark off the bench in one of the Big Ten's toughest venues. He scored 12 points and...

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