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Cleaves: Loss Of Dawson ‘Big-Time Blow’

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CHAMPAIGN, IL - JANUARY 31: Myke Henry #20 of the Illinois Fighting Illini defends against Branden Dawson #22 of the Michigan State Spartans at Assembly Hall on January 31, 2012 in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois defeated Michigan State 42-41. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CHAMPAIGN, IL – JANUARY 31: Myke Henry #20 of the Illinois Fighting Illini defends against Branden Dawson #22 of the Michigan State Spartans at Assembly Hall on January 31, 2012 in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois defeated Michigan State 42-41. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Mateen Cleaves, captain of the last NCAA championship team in 2000, said injured freshman SF Branden Dawson will be difficult to replace. “That’s a big-time blow,” Cleaves said. “Dawson does a lot of things that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. He was becoming a really good rebounder and defender.”

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