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Calvin Avery clogging up opposing offensive lines allow Johnny Newton and Keith Randolph Jr. to get after opposing quarterbacks and running backs. The result so far for the Illini? The country's top-ranked scoring defense entering Saturday night's game against Iowa.

Calvin Avery clogging up opposing offensive lines allow Johnny Newton and Keith Randolph Jr. to get after opposing quarterbacks and running backs. The result so far for the Illini? The country's top-ranked scoring defense entering Saturday night's game against Iowa.

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Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team:

Exactly 143 years ago Sunday — Oct. 2, 1879 — as an extension of an oratorical competition between Illinois Industrial University (University of Illinois) and Illinois College, the two institutions faced off on the baseball diamond for what history reveals was the university’s very first int…