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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    Good post. I also remember hearing that Dee, Deron and Luther shot something like 1,000 three point shots in a time span to get better at shooting so that they could make a run ... uh, 2021 squad, TAKE NOTE! Seriously, if our three point shooting improved a bit (which isn't that crazy with a...
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    I don't know where we will actually land in the official preseason top 25, but we have been in more than a couple top tens so far. If it came to pass, this would actually be our NINTH time being ranked in the top ten preseason. While there have been a few disappointments historically, I would...
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    Ayo Dosunmu, Kofi Cockburn return for 2020-2021 season

    Holy ... I could not believe my eyes. GOD, I hope a season can happen. I mean, this will QUITE clearly be the most hyped Illini squad since 2005. So happy!!
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    Lou Henson dies at 88

    Wow, this felt like a gut punch; I could see the headline on the home page but no picture yet (as it was still loading), but my heart sank, knowing that the picture would eventually load of Lou. :( RIP, legend! So glad you got to live long enough to see our court named after you. Hope we can...
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    Poll: Lovie Smith Job Performance Fan Eval

    I'll go with a B, without getting too detailed with it. After the EMU loss, it was a D ... given the circumstances and how little we can realistically expect from this program until it is properly built back up, I think the four-game winning streak was literally worth two letter grades. Why...
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    Poll: Ayo and Kofi

    My heart is really starting to put forth some good arguments for why both could be back and why we could (assuming there is a season...) be legitimate Big Ten contenders and the type of team that can go on a REAL run in March. I honestly think the COVID situation makes it more likely we get...
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    IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament to Return to Champaign!

    I'm happy about this news as an Illini fan, but I'm somewhat bummed as a native Peorian. Peoria is a city with "great bones" that needs some breaks in achieving a true revitalization. There have been great strides made downtown and in the Warehouse District. So, I hate to see one more draw to...
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    Iowa Football Program Culture Criticism

    As some might recall, I only moved to Chicago from Iowa City recently, and I actually somewhat know Dillon. He’s a great kid, truly. I literally helped “coach” him at baseball camp when he was a youngster and I was in high school, haha. I wish the kid nothing but the best, I really feel for him.
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    ^ Yeah, I am TOTALLY fine flying under the radar, but I think this team "deserves" to be top 15 or top 10 if everyone returns ... I know, I know, it's all speculation, but we ended the year playing very well, IMO. We were clicking. I think Ayo will go pro and Kofi will stay, and even with that...
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    List of Illini Bars

    Okay, updated list: ILLINOIS CHICAGOLAND Chicago Brickhouse Tavern (Wrigleyville) Dublin's Bar & Grill (Gold Coast) Joe's on Weed St. (Goose Island) Mother Hubbard's (River North) Schoolyard Tavern & Grill (Lake View) Timothy O'Toole's (Streeterville) Downers Grove Orange & Brew Bottle Shop...
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    List of Illini Bars

    I thought this would be a fun and useful thing to compile! I wanted to get a running list of "Illini bars" in non-Champaign cities. This can include places that advertise themselves as supportive of the Illini, places where Illini fans/clubs regularly meet or even just places that have Illini...
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    Illini Football 2020

    I think people are too often falling into two opposing camps on “reopening the economy,” and they both seem to be overlooking so much. It won’t be like flipping a switch, and it’s highly likely that we both open stuff back up soon (June at the latest) AND take a super long time to get things...
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    Looking ahead to 2020-2021

    I'll start by saying that I think people underrate our squad we have coming back, assuming Kofi returns and Ayo doesn't. That is what I personally consider the "best bet" outcome. With that said, what do you guys expect our preseason rank to be in all scenarios? I'd guess: Both Kofi and Ayo...
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    Illini Football 2020

    Not sure where to post this, but there is at least one more Illini bar to catch a game at in Chicago now! Maybe this is common knowledge, but as I dropped my girlfriend off at work tonight (NWM Hospital), I saw a beautiful orange Illini flag flying outside of Timothy O’Toole’s in Streeterville...