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Old Feb 13, 2013, 09:39 AM   #1
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Illini look to spoil Boilers domination

"We've got a big one with Purdue," Illini coach John Groce warned Tuesday.

Groce knew the season would get rough once Big Ten play began and that point was driven home loud and clear in the conference opener Jan. 2 in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue turned a one-possession game into a 68-61 victory when D.J. Byrd made back-to-back hustle plays that stood out as difference-makers.

"They beat us on toughness plays," Groce said. "We have to do better in those areas. No one wants to be out-toughed, certainly in our own building."

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Big man Sam McLaurin grading out with the Illini

"I'm always the guy who is trying to get us out of a bad situation," McLaurin said.

Richardson earned Big Ten co-player of the week Monday after scoring eight straight points to rally the Illini late against the Hoosiers. Forward Tyler Griffey, who was replaced by McLaurin in the starting lineup, ended a shooting slump and scored a team-high 16 points at Minnesota.

But McLaurin earned an ovation from his teammates, coach John Groce said, in a locker-room meeting after scoring the highest of any player in Groce's coaching career on the defensive hustle stats.

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Griffey's shots finally dropping as Illini rise

"Slowly but surely I'm gaining more confidence," Griffey said, "and it's translated to the games."

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Old Feb 13, 2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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Nice to see the recognition for good play get spread around and have the guys buy in to it. The best teams do not defer to their stars but, as warranted, the other way around. Seems that this year's Illini are starting to get it.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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The last time it beat Purdue in basketball, the Illinois box score included names like Jeff Jordan and Alex Legion.

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Old Feb 13, 2013, 10:53 AM   #4
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Tal Brody's jersey will be raised to the Assembly Hall rafters in a ceremony during the Illinois-Purdue game

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Brody still benefiting from leap of faith

They gasp when Brody, who was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets after an All-America season at Illinois in 1965, explains the average NBA salary when he came out was $30,000, maybe $40,000. The minimum was $12,000.

"Today, the average salary is about $5 million," the 69-year-old Brody said. "Maybe if it was today, you're the 12th pick in the NBA, $2.7 million, no-cut contract, I probably make a different decision."

The choice he made changed his life -- and the way of life and thinking throughout Israel.

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Old Feb 13, 2013, 10:54 AM   #5
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Would love to be in the Hall tonight to see the Illini I first started watching....Downey, Brody, Thoren, Redman, Freeman. Still remember Tom Schoendist (sp) broadcasting these legendary names on WCIA.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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I like the play of our seniors the last few games. I'd like to see JB get a little more active offensively, as well as more bench players getting involved. MH, DL, MS, I'm talking to you!!
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 11:08 AM   #7
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Would like to see Brandon join the Tyler and DJ revival tour tonight. Need all three to bring it to beat the Boilers.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 11:11 AM   #8
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I know this might offend some people, especially the older fans who probably have great memories of some of the teams of the past, but I feel like Illinois just puts wayyyyy too many jerseys up in the rafters. There have been very few Illini who have gone on to have success at the next level, yet there seems to be at least 20+ jerseys hanging from the AH ceiling. Even schools like UCONN, UCLA, and UK probably don't have that many hanging. I just feel like it should be more selective
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 11:20 AM   #9
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A lot of the jersey-hanging the last few years has been a way to reconnect with those Illini and fans who may have left the program behind during the struggle of the last few years. I don't remember a time when so many jerseys were hung in a single season. Seems like every home game someone is being honored now.

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Old Feb 13, 2013, 11:35 AM   #10
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Would love to be in the Hall tonight to see the Illini I first started watching....Downey, Brody, Thoren, Redman, Freeman. Still remember Tom Schoendist (sp) broadcasting these legendary names on WCIA.
Hey Carmel, thats me too. Those were good days. BTW do you remember the high school team from Cobden ? I still remember those guys getting to Champaign from a tiny so. Ill. town.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 11:54 AM   #11
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A lot of the jersey-hanging the last few years has been a way to reconnect with those Illini and fans who may have left the program behind during the struggle of the last few years. I don't remember a time when so many jerseys were hung in a single season. Seems like every home game someone is being honored now.
I think it's been good that they are honoring players wou have contributed in big way off the court (Mannie Jackson / Brody).

It helps educate younger fans like myself that there were great players / people before the Flying Illini and the rich history of Illinois Basketball.

I mean as long as were not raising banners for like Nate Mast or Nick Smith (no offense to those guys) I'm for it.

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Old Feb 13, 2013, 01:29 PM   #12
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Are they retiring these numbers? Or just honoring the names. I know some schools never retire a number but hang jerseys in recognition of their accomplishments. As long as they aren't retiring numbers I don't see it as a big deal. Perhaps MT is just using these to help generate interest and the jersey hanging will slack off in the next couple years.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 01:32 PM   #13
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Are they retiring these numbers? Or just honoring the names. I know some schools never retire a number but hang jerseys in recognition of their accomplishments. As long as they aren't retiring numbers I don't see it as a big deal. Perhaps MT is just using these to help generate interest and the jersey hanging will slack off in the next couple years.
It is jersey retirement, not number retirement.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 01:36 PM   #14
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Hey Carmel, thats me too. Those were good days. BTW do you remember the high school team from Cobden ? I still remember those guys getting to Champaign from a tiny so. Ill. town.
Cobden was a little before my time. But I was in the Hall for Danville (alma mater) vs. Thornridge. Buckner, Batts, etc. was the best HS team I've ever seen.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 01:38 PM   #15
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I know this might offend some people, especially the older fans who probably have great memories of some of the teams of the past, but I feel like Illinois just puts wayyyyy too many jerseys up in the rafters. There have been very few Illini who have gone on to have success at the next level, yet there seems to be at least 20+ jerseys hanging from the AH ceiling. Even schools like UCONN, UCLA, and UK probably don't have that many hanging. I just feel like it should be more selective
Hanging a jersey in the Hall has zero to do with success at the next level. I also could care less what UConn, UK, UCLA or any other U has done or is doing.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 01:48 PM   #16
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Are they retiring these numbers? Or just honoring the names. I know some schools never retire a number but hang jerseys in recognition of their accomplishments. As long as they aren't retiring numbers I don't see it as a big deal. Perhaps MT is just using these to help generate interest and the jersey hanging will slack off in the next couple years.
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Hanging a jersey in the Hall has zero to do with success at the next level. I also could care less what UConn, UK, UCLA or any other U has done or is doing.
exactly.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:26 PM   #17
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I saw Brody play a couple of times at UI when I was in grade school. My dad was a huge fan of his and Downey's during that time. Man, was that a long time ago.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:32 PM   #18
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Hanging a jersey in the Hall has zero to do with success at the next level. I also could care less what UConn, UK, UCLA or any other U has done or is doing.
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exactly.
Actually, it should be "couldn't care less".
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:41 PM   #19
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Are they retiring these numbers? Or just honoring the names. I know some schools never retire a number but hang jerseys in recognition of their accomplishments. As long as they aren't retiring numbers I don't see it as a big deal. Perhaps MT is just using these to help generate interest and the jersey hanging will slack off in the next couple years.
No Illini basketball number has ever been retired. In fact, only three numbers in Illini history have ever been retired: Red Grange(77) and Dick Butkus(50) in football and Lou Boudreau(5) in baseball.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:50 PM   #20
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Hey Carmel, thats me too. Those were good days. BTW do you remember the high school team from Cobden ? I still remember those guys getting to Champaign from a tiny so. Ill. town.
Well, I sure remember Cobden. We lived in Decatur at the time (1964) and Stephen Decatur HS is who Cobden beat that year in the state semi-final game. I was ten and my older brother was a senior at SDHS. Hated them at the time but it sure is a good story.

Anyone remember the district tournaments back then where the tiny schools would play just to get into the regional? Cobden and Hebron are the only district schools to ever reach the championship game, Hebron winning the title back in 1952. Oddly enough, Hebron is up on the Wisconsin border and Cobden is about as far south as you can get.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 03:16 PM   #21
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Hey Carmel, thats me too. Those were good days. BTW do you remember the high school team from Cobden ? I still remember those guys getting to Champaign from a tiny so. Ill. town.
I forgot they existed but when I read your post I thought "oh yea, the
Cobden Appleknockers." I'm not even sure I've associated the right nickname with the right school. Anybody know?
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 03:34 PM   #22
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I saw Brody play a couple of times at UI when I was in grade school. My dad was a huge fan of his and Downey's during that time. Man, was that a long time ago.

Just wish someone would get Skip Thoren to teach NE how to shoot a foot shot. Learned how to shot it watching him when he was IL.. Must under utilized shot in college BB.. Lord Kareem could put up hooks from 15 ft better than most can shoot a jump shot and you can not block it.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 03:35 PM   #23
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Just checked this with google.

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I forgot they existed but when I read your post I thought "oh yea, the
Cobden Appleknockers." I'm not even sure I've associated the right nickname with the right school. Anybody know?
Seems to be correct http://www.amazingappleknockers.com/
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 03:37 PM   #24
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I know this might offend some people, especially the older fans who probably have great memories of some of the teams of the past, but I feel like Illinois just puts wayyyyy too many jerseys up in the rafters. There have been very few Illini who have gone on to have success at the next level, yet there seems to be at least 20+ jerseys hanging from the AH ceiling. Even schools like UCONN, UCLA, and UK probably don't have that many hanging. I just feel like it should be more selective
This is a marketing thing as much as anything else. They have been paying attention to the way the Chicago Blackhawks market themselves - and they are always having ex-players come back for a pre-game celebration. It also creates excitement for people attending the game, and emphasizes the tradition of the program.
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The last time it beat Purdue in basketball, the Illinois box score included names like Jeff Jordan and Alex Legion.

The last time we beat Purdue in basketball, John Groce probably still had hair
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