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Road to 2001 NCAA
Members of the UI basketball team pose in their championship shirts after the regular season finale against Minnesota on March 4.
Sergio McClain, Robert Archibald, Frank Williams and Brian Cook sit with the Big Ten trophy in the locker room after the regular season finale against Minnesota.
Frank Williams sits with his championship shirt and hat in the locker room after the game at Minnesota.
Frank Williams hugs his mom as he talks with wellwishers after the regular season finale.
UI coach Bill Self yells from the bench in the second half against Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Illini coach Bill Self hugs Lucas Johnson when Johnson left the game at Minnesota.
Frank Williams looks for a path to the basket against Minnesota's Terrance Simmons.
Illini Brian Cook tries to go through a Minnesota player en route to the basketball.
Frank Williams gets a slam and is fouled by Gopher Travis Bennett in the second half against Minnesota.
Marcus Griffin waves to the crowd after his team's win on the Senior Day against Iowa in Champaign.
Sergio McClain hugs one of the assistant coaches after the Iowa game in Champaign.
Brian Cook stuffs one against the Hawkeyes in the home finale in Champaign on Feb. 24.
UI senior Joe Cross goes up for a basket in his last home game as an Illini.
UI guard Sean Harrington breaks away with the ball as he is chased by an Iowa player at the Assembly Hall.
Illini Damir Krupalija has his arm grabbed as he battles for rebound against Iowa.
UI senior Sergio McClain waves as he comes onto the court in the pregame ceremonies at the Senior Day game against Iowa in Champaign.
UI coach Bill Self wears an orange sport coat on the sidelines
for the Senior Day, the only time he wore orange during a game this season.
Illini guard Cory Bradford scrambles on the floor for the ball against Indiana at Bloomington.
Illinois forward Robert Archibald tries to get around Indiana's Jeff Newton in the Feb. 17 game at Bloomington, Ind.
UI senior Marcus Griffin receives congratulations after his team's 68-67 victory over Wisconsin.
Illini center Robert Archibald ducks under an Indiana defender near the basket.
Illini sophomore Brian Cook slams home two points against Indiana.
Illinois' Lucas Johnson celebrates the Illini's victory over Michigan State after the game on Feb. 6.
Illinois senior and Orange Crush member Brandon Teat cheers for the Illini against Michigan State.
Illinois' Cory Bradford defends against Michigan State's Marcus Taylor.
Illinois' Marcus Griffin puts up a shot over Michigan State defenders Zach Randolph (50) and Andre Hutson (34).
Illinois' Lucas Johnson (22) goes up for a basket as Ohio's Tim Martin (44) tries to block in the Jan. 6 game at Champaign.
Illinois' Frank Williams (30) goes up for a basket as Ohio's Brent Darby (4) tries to move in during the second half of the game at the Assembly Hall.
Corey Bradford smiles as Minnesota coach Dan Monson congratulates him after he sank a three-point shot to keep his NCAA record alive.
Illinois' Frank Williams (30) and Minnesota's Michael Bauer (41) go for a loose ball. Bauer fouled Williams on the play.
Illini Lucas Johnson snares a rebound and looks to pass during a Big Ten victory over Minnesota at the Assembly Hall.
Illinois' Cory Bradford drives past Michigan State's Charlie Bell.
Illini Damir Krupajila goes up for a slam dunk against Northwestern at the UI Assembly Hall.
Illini Brian Cook puts up a layup against Penn State in Champaign.
Illinois' Robert Archibald is fouled on a rebound by Ohio State.
Robert Archibald is fouled by Clay Tucker of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the Assembly Hall.
Marcus Griffin stuffs one home against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Maine's Carvell Ammons (44) looks to make a pass around Illinois' Robert Archibald (21) during the second half of the Nov. 17 game.
Maine's Colin Haynes (31) and Illinois' Robert Archibald (21) prepare to go after a loose ball during the season opener, an 86-57 win over Maine at the UI Assembly Hall on Nov. 17.
Illini senior Sergio McClain receives instruction from coach Bill Self against Minnesota.
Illinois' Marcus Griffin (52) ignites the Assembly Hall crowd with a dunk in the second half against Minnesota.
Illini Jerrance Howard looks down the lane as Clay Tucker of UW-Milwaukee defends.
Sergio McClain scoops up a loose ball and leaves Texas Southern's Chris Miller behind in a Nov. 26 game at the Assembly Hall.
UI guard Sean Harrington puts in a three over Texas Southern's Chris Miller in a nonconference game.
UI guard Frank Williams goes between Texas Southern's Rakim Hollis and Ricky Bennett (11).
Sergio McClain pulls in a rebound as Texas Southern's Akil Butler watches at the UI Assembly Hall.
Sean Harrington scrambles for loose ball with Texas Southern's Marquel Timmons.
Robert Archibald tips in a rebound against Texas Southern.
Frank Williams drives against Texas Southern's Ricky Bennett at the UI Assembly Hall.
Illinois' Nate Mast goes for a shot against Northwestern at the Assembly Hall on Feb. 3.
UI coach Bill Self was pretty relaxed toward the end of the game against Penn State at the Assembly Hall on Jan. 20.
Ohio's Sean Connolly (3) tries to drive the ball past Illinois' Cory Bradford (13) during the first half of the Jan. 6 game.
Lucas Johnson pulls up for a shot against Clay Tucker in the Dec. 6 nonconference game against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the Assembly Hall.
Illinois' Sergio McClain (40) watches his ball pass through the net as Maine's Clayton Brown (40) looks on during first-half action.
Frank Williams last-second shot doesn't drop in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal game against Indiana at the United Center in Chicago.
Robert Archibald and Lucas Johnson watch as the late free throws don't drop in the Big Ten semifinal against Indiana.
Brian Cook shoots over Indiana's Jarred Odle in the Big Ten semifinal.
Sergio McClain and Cory Bradford tie up Dane Fife (11) in the second half in the 58-56 Big Ten tournament loss.
Frank Williams passes off before getting hammered by Indiania's Kirk Haston (35) and Jared Jeffries.
UI alum Karen Layng of Riverside yells from the stands during the Illini's loss to Indiana at the United Center in Chicago.
UI's Frank Williams gets tripped by Indiana's Tom Coverdale.
Cory Bradford runs the perimeter with Dane Fife close at hand.
UI coach Bill Self signals in the play against Indiana.
Sergio McClain shoots over Indiana's Jared Jeffries in the Big Ten tournament semifinal at the United Center in Chicago on March 10.
Brian Cook shoots in the second half aginast a pair of Purdue defenders.
Cory Bradford looks for the hoop against Purdue's Brett Buscher in the second half of their Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game.
Frank Williams blows past Purdue's Adam Wetzel at the United Center.
Sergio McClain drives the baseline against Purdue's Brett Buscher.
Damir Krupalija pulls down a defensive rebound over Purdue's Willie Deane in the first half at the United Center.
Marcus Griffin shoots over Purdue's John Allison in the first half of the Big Ten quarterfinal game.
Sergio McClain and Brian Cook apply pressure to Purdue's Joe Marshall in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on March 9 at the United Center in Chicago.
UI sophomore Justin Miller holds up a San Antonio sign after the Illini won the second round game against Charlotte in the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio.
Cory Bradford lays the ball up in the second round game against Charlotte of the NCAA tournament.
Brian Cook stretches past Cam Stephens (10) in the second round game against Charlotte of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio.
Damir Krupalija slips as he drives the baseline against Charlotte's Jermaine Williams.
UI coach Bill Self argues a shot clock call in the second half of the second round game against Charlotte.
Marcus Griffin signals to the crowd after victory over Charlotte in the NCAA tournament.
Sergio McClain muscles into the lane against James Zimmerman of Charlotte in the March 18 game in Dayton.
Cory Bradford slaps hands with Brian Cook as Bradford joins him on the bench at the end of the second round game against Charlotte.
Frank Williams passes the ball away as Charlotte's Diego Guevara defends in the NCAA tournament's second-round game in Dayton, Ohio.
Lucas Johnson yells from the bench near the end of the Illini's first-round victory over Northwestern State.
Marcus Griffin passes the ball out to Frank Williams on a fast break in the first half against Northwestern State.
Damir Krupalija looks to shoot in the first half in the Illini's game against Northwestern State in the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio.
Illini Brian Cook shoots over Will Burks of Northwestern State.
Cory Bradford drivs against Northwestern State's Kory Wilson in the NCAA tournament.
UI trainer Rod Cardinal tends to Srrgio McClain's shin in the second half of the Illini's first-round game against Northwestern State.
Sergio McClain gets help from Marcus Griffin and Robert Archibald as he leaves the game in the first half of the Illini's 96-54 victory over Northwestern State.
UI coach Bill Self gestures from the bench during in the Illini's first-round victory over Northwestern State.
Illini guard Frank Williams dumps off the ball over Josh Hancock of Northwestern State.
Lucas Johnson is seen on the monitor as he answers a question during the interview session before practice in San Antonio ahead of the game against Kansas.
Robert Archibald does a drill at practice in San Antonio ahead of the Elite Eight game against Kansas.
The Illini team runs through drills during practice in San Antonio.
TV broadcasters Dick Enberg and Bill Walton talk to Illini coach Bill Self during practice in San Antonio.
Illini fans wave a flag during the game against Kansas in the Sweet 16 game in San Antonio.
Sergio McClain puts up a shot in the game against Kansas in the third round of NCAA basketball tourney in San Antonio.
Marcus Griffin tries to block a shot by Kansas Drew Gooden (0) in the second half of the game.
Sergio McClain works for space under the basket against Kansas' Eric Chenowith.
Frank Williams dishes the ball off around Kansas' Kirk Hinrich in the Illini's 80-64 victory over the Jayhawks in the third round of the NCAA tourney in San Antonio.
Illini coach Bill Self pumps up his team during their 80-64 victory over Kansas in the Midwest Regional in San Antonio on March 23.
With their cheerleaders' flag in background, members of the Illini basketball team huddle together before their game against Kansas in the third round of NCAA basketball tournament.
Frank Williams answers questions during media interviews on the off day before the Illini's game against Arizona.
Members of the media crowd around players in the Alamodome locker room on March 24 in San Antonio.
From left, Fiona Henry, Julie Duncan and Michelle Harrison sing as the band plays after the Illinois vs. Arizona game.
Coach Bill Self wipes his eye as he listens to his players talk after Illinois played Arizona in San Antonio.
Illinois' Frank Williams and Cory Bradford give full-court pressure against Jason Gardner in the final minutes of the Illini's loss to Arizona, 87-81.
Illinois' Damir Krupalija gets his fifth foul trying to get the ball back in the last minutes of the Illinois vs Arizona game.
Illinois' Cory Bradford shoots late in the Illinois vs Arizona game.
Illinois' Robert Archibald battles for a shot against Arizona's Loren Woods.
Illinois' Sergio McClain passes the ball off behind Eugene Edgerson late in the Illinois vs Arizona game.
Illinois' Sean Harrington and Sergio McClain try to slow down Arizona's Gilbert Arenas in the second half of the Midwest regional championship game of the NCAA basketball tournament in San Antonio.
Illinois' Sergio McClain sits on the bench after fouling out in the Illinois vs Arizona game.
Illinois' Robert Archibald slams one in against Arizona's Justin Wessell during the Illinois vs. Arizona game.
Illinois' Brian Cook and Sergio McClain box in Arizona's Richard Jefferson early in the game.
Illinois' Marcus Griffin works the ball in against Michael Wright in Illinois's 87-81 loss to Arizona.
Brian Cook goes up for two points in the first half of the game.
Frank Willams tries to slow down Gilbert Arenas in the first half of the Illinois-Arizona game.
Illini teammates Jerrance Howard (left) and Joe Cross celebrate a basket on the bench.
Marcus Griffin grabs a rebound while Arizona's Jason Gardner gets his arm in the first half of the Midwest Regional title game.
Illini coach Bill Self ponders the situation on the sideline late in the Midwest Regional championship game.
Frank Williams reaches for a loose ball as it runs between the legs of Justin Wessell.
Nate Mast consoles Damir Krupalija after Krupalija got his fifth foul in the late stages of the Illinois-Arizona game.
UI coach Bill Self gives instructions as the Illini huddle up after Lucas Johnson fouled out.
Bill Self tries to sneak a peek as the officials review a shot clock replay late in the game.
Robert Archibald watches the court after fouling out with team-high 25 points.
Damir Krupalija and Joe Cross celebrate as the Illini make a basket in the game's final minutes
Robert Archibald, Sergio McClain, Lucas Johnson and Marcus Griffin sit on the bench after fouling out of the Arizona game.
Sergio McClain wipes his face at the press conference following Illini's elimination from the NCAA tournament.
Illinois' Brett Melton, the first player to make it through the door after a plane trip home, is greeted by Illini fans at Willard Airport in Savoy shortly after midnight on March 26.
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