A Century of Orange and Blue: Celebrating 100 Years of Fighting Illini Basketball

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Sports Publishing LLC, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 315 pages
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100 Years of Illini Basketball is just that--an in -depth look at the history of one of the Big Ten's premier basketball programs. The University of Illinois' basketball roots date back to 1901, when the idea of men's basketball was introduced to UI director of athletics George Huff during a scrimmage at the Men's Old Gym. By 1906 a varsity basketball team was in place. On January 6 of that year it defeated Champaign High School, 71-4. Some 100 years later, the Fighting Illini have hoisted 15 Big Ten championship banners and sent four teams to the Final Four in search of the school's first NCAA championship. From the Whiz Kids of 1942 to the Flying Illini of 1989, 100 Years of Illini Basketball is full of fond memories of fantastic teams, recounted by veteran journalist Loren Tate and the amazing players and coaches that put Illinois basketball on the national map.
 

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Contents

FOREWORO v
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS ONCE AGAIN 200304 1
THESE WHIZ KIDS 193940194647
THE RUNNIN ILLINI 194748195051 41
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ORANGE BLUE RED 195152195354
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SECOND BEST 195455195657
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INTEGRATING THE ILLINI 195758195960
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ASSEMBLING THE BIG TENS BEST 196061196263 79
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WELCOME BACK TO THE BIG TIME 198283198586 145
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THE ILLINI TAKE FLIGHT 198687198990
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TURBULANCE LEADS TO NCAA GROUNDING 199091199394
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SAYING GOODBYE TO AN OLD COACH WELCOMING A NEW ERA 19949519992000
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SELFIMPROVED ILLINI 200001200203
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ILLINI HEAD COACHES
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THE FIGHTING ILLINI ALLCENTURY TEAM
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WHAT ILLINI BASKETBALL MEANS TO ME REFLECTIONS FROM FORMER ILLINOIS PLAYERS AND COACHES
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OPENING THE OFFENSIVE FLOODGATES 196364196566 93
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ADMISSION TRANSITION SUCCESS 196667196970 105
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NEW SHERIFFS IN TOWN iniiin6i? 117
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FAVORITE ILLINI MEMORIES FROM UIS CELEBRITY ALUMNI AND FAMOUS ILLINOIS RESIDENTS
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EPILOGUE
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About the author (2004)

Loren Tate is a longtime sports columnist and former sports editor of The News-Gazette in Champaign, Illinois. He has covered the Fighting Illini basketball program for decades and frequently serves as color commentator on Illinois basketball radio broadcasts.

Jared Gelfond is a graduate student at the University of Illinois.

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