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John Groce and his shirtless son Conner combine for one of the year’s best photos

Jeff Eisenberg
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Illinois coach John Groce hugs his son Conner on Thursday night (Getty Images)

Since Illinois had lost six of its last seven games to tumble from the top 15 to the fringes of the NCAA tournament bubble, Thursday night's victory over top-ranked Indiana was a potential season saver. As a result, it's no surprise first-year coach John Groce was very emotional about the victory afterward. The above photo by Joe Robbins of Getty Images shows Groce embracing his son Conner soon after Illinois' 74-72 victory. Why is Conner shirtless? Why is Groce screaming? The world may never know, but it makes for one of the college basketball season's most memorable photos.

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