IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament to Return to Champaign!

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"The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and their Board of Directors announced that the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament will return to the State Farm Center in Champaign for three years: March 11–13, 2021, March 10–12, 2022, and March 9–11, 2023."

"'Whenever I discuss Fighting Illini Basketball, I always mention the proud history of this program,' Illinois Men's Basketball Head Coach Brad Underwood said. 'Much of that success comes from the rich tradition of high school basketball in this state. Some of the greatest players ever to wear the orange and blue first competed on our campus as part of the IHSA state tournament. We are pleased to welcome the finals back to the University of Illinois, where dreams will come true for the countless players across the state who spend their childhood imagining playing on the court at State Farm Center. There is nothing like the thrill of competing for a state championship and the impact it has on high school teams and in their communities, and I'm excited that will once again happen here in Champaign.'"

https://fightingillini.com/news/202...etball-tournament-to-return-to-champaign.aspx
This is great, Now move back to a single class and wait for the reincarnation of the Hebron Green Giants
 
#39
Lombard
I'm glad it is back in Champaign. The first one I distinctly remember what the 1993 championship. The 7 footers from King, Danville finished 3rd with Keon Clark and Durrell Robinson(Danville beat them earlier in the year). I believe Rockford Guilford lost to King in the final.
 
#40
OSKEE WOW WOW
Rochester, IL
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I'm glad it is back in Champaign. The first one I distinctly remember what the 1993 championship. The 7 footers from King, Danville finished 3rd with Keon Clark and Durrell Robinson(Danville beat them earlier in the year). I believe Rockford Guilford lost to King in the final.
My fondest memory of the State tourney was 1984, when Mt Pulaski beat Providence St Mel and Lowell Hamilton in the semis. No one thought we had a chance against them. We lost to McLeansboro and Brian Sloan in the championship though.
 
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My fondest memory of the State tourney was 1984, when Mt Pulaski beat Providence St Mel and Lowell Hamilton in the semis. No one thought we had a chance against them. We lost to McLeansboro and Brian Sloan in the championship though.
Sloan's dad also starred at McLeansboro. He actually committed to and enrolled at Illinois. Went home for Thanksgiving and never returned to play for Harry Combes. Transferred to Evansville.
 
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#42
Love this. Supports the notion that UIUC is the basketball capital of the state. Sorry for not checking, but would assume similar story at Rupp, Allen, etc. where the state college basketball king is undisputed.

I will assume both JW and BU (and staffs) deserve significant credit for this. I'd bet this was a long term goal discussed the first time our AD and HC talked at any length. Fits into BU's storyline of him sitting on the Western bench and being so impressed with how awesome this program is ... a legitimate sleeping giant.
 
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#43
Sorry for not checking, but would assume similar story at Rupp, Allen, etc. where the state college basketball king is undisputed.
Looking online, the state of Kentucky's is held at Rupp but theirs is a 16 team tournament held over 4 days. Surprisingly Allen Fieldhouse doesn't host any of the 6 classes in the state of Kansas. All of their state tournaments are spread across the state. The largest class actually plays at Koch Arena at Wichita State. The second smallest class plays at Bramlage Coliseum at KSU. As far as the other surrounding states to Illinois, here's where they hold theirs:

-Indiana: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
-Wisconsin: Kohl Center
-Iowa: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
-Missouri: JQH Arena, Springfield (Though it looks like in previous years it was held at Mizzou Arena)
 
#44
The Cobden Appleknockers and the Clyde Turner led Champaign Central Maroons grade school memories standout for me.
Thad Matta and the Hoopeston - East Lynn Cornjerkers.

After Central was out these guys were my pick to win it all. Damn near did once.
 
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#45
Forgottonia
Love this. Supports the notion that UIUC is the basketball capital of the state. Sorry for not checking, but would assume similar story at Rupp, Allen, etc. where the state college basketball king is undisputed.

I will assume both JW and BU (and staffs) deserve significant credit for this. I'd bet this was a long term goal discussed the first time our AD and HC talked at any length. Fits into BU's storyline of him sitting on the Western bench and being so impressed with how awesome this program is ... a legitimate sleeping giant.
I think C/U and UI have been trying to get it back since it left. It probably should have returned several years ago. While Peoria did a great job, I think it had run its course and the fan interest level just isnt what it once was. Hopefully the move can reignite some enthusiasm, and it probably will to some extent. Just not the glory days many of us still remember. The nearly year round nature of AAU has become more of a focal point for many. When you listen to recruiting analysts they will tell you AAU is much more important to recruits than HS due to the level of competition.

Bottom line is it’s still good for Illinois and C/U. I’m anxious to see what they can do with it.
 
#46
I think C/U and UI have been trying to get it back since it left. It probably should have returned several years ago. While Peoria did a great job, I think it had run its course and the fan interest level just isnt what it once was. Hopefully the move can reignite some enthusiasm, and it probably will to some extent. Just not the glory days many of us still remember. The nearly year round nature of AAU has become more of a focal point for many. When you listen to recruiting analysts they will tell you AAU is much more important to recruits than HS due to the level of competition.

Bottom line is it’s still good for Illinois and C/U. I’m anxious to see what they can do with it.
Well said. My assumption is new leadership made it a priority to bring the tourney back to CU. Was punted by previous regime(s).
Agree AAU has essentially trumped HS ball for the best of the best.
Even so, not every player on every team is an elite-level AAU player. Waaay cool that the championship runs through the SFC.
 
#47
Happy to see the HS state tourney back in CU....does anyone know if anything like the March Madness center (event), that was right next door to the Civic Center in Peoria, is in the works for the tourney in CU???.......this along with better prices guaranteed at hotels and restaurants were major factors in the IHSA awarding the tourney to Peoria
 
#48
...does anyone know if anything like the March Madness center (event), that was right next door to the Civic Center in Peoria, is in the works for the tourney in CU??
No. There's not enough room to have something like that at the Assembly Hall. They are apparently going to have a small area for families with kids somewhere in the concourse though I haven't heard as to where.
 
#49
Thad Matta and the Hoopeston - East Lynn Cornjerkers.

After Central was out these guys were my pick to win it all. Damn near did once.
Hypothetical: Could a Cornjerker beat an Appleknocker?
 
#50
I think C/U and UI have been trying to get it back since it left. It probably should have returned several years ago. While Peoria did a great job, I think it had run its course and the fan interest level just isnt what it once was. Hopefully the move can reignite some enthusiasm, and it probably will to some extent. Just not the glory days many of us still remember. The nearly year round nature of AAU has become more of a focal point for many. When you listen to recruiting analysts they will tell you AAU is much more important to recruits than HS due to the level of competition.

Bottom line is it’s still good for Illinois and C/U. I’m anxious to see what they can do with it.
I think that I heard that the tournament is scheduled at the same time as the B10 tourney in Chicago. Unfortunate timing for recruiting if true.