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Illini in NCAA at Indy
Photographer: John Dixon
Illinois fans Stephanie and Markus Dickinson of Columbus, Ohio, watch the Illini practice. Both are 2000 UI graduates and didn't have tickets to the game and came to practice to watch their team.
Illinois coach Bruce Weber reaches for a ball during practice between the Illini's two NCAA games in Columbus, Ohio.
Illinois Luther Head, left and Dee Brown share a laugh as they talk to the NCAA tournament media on March 20, 2004.
A member of the UI basketball pep band shouts encouragement to the Illini during their NCAA second-round game against Cincinnati.
Fans enter Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, March 19, 2004, before the start of the Illinois-Murray State NCAA tournament game.
Illinois' Dee Brown (11) is fouled while driving for a layup by Murray State's Chris Shumate (32). Brown led all scorers with 21 points in the Illini's 72-53 win.
Illinois Luther Head drives past Murry State's Adam Chiles.
UI Pep Band trumpet players, from left, Mike Isaac and Matt Kutylo, with their faces painted, blast out the music in Nationwide Arena.
Illinois' Dee Brown picks himself off the floor after diving to save a ball from going out of bounds against Murray State.
Illinois' James Augustine is fouled by Murray State's Cuthbert Victor as he goes in for a layup. Augustine scored 10 points in the Illini victory.
Illini coach Bruce Weber shouts instructions to his offense.
Illinois' James Augustine, left and Dee Brown, right, tie up Murry State's Adam Chiles for a jump ball call.
Illinois Jack Ingram battles for a rebound under the basket against Murray State. Ingram scored nine points and had seven rebounds in the game.
An Illini fan yells at the officials during the UI's NCAA tournament game against Murray State.
Murray State's Antione Whelchel (34) pulls a rebound away from Illini Richard McBride.
Illinois Dee Brown pushes the ball up the floor on a fast break against Murray State.
Illinois' Roger Powell dunks the ball over the top of Murray State's Cuthbert Victor (10).
Illini Luther Head goes after a loose ball in front of Murray State's Adam Chiles (4).
Illinois' Dee Brown signals one of his three-pointers against Murray State.
Illinois fans celebrate as coach Bruce Weber pulls the starters out in the last minute of the game against Murray State.
Illini Nick Smith, left, plays defense against teammate Jack Ingram during NCAA tournament practice on Saturday, March 20, 2004.
Illinois' Brian Randle skies over assistant coach Wayne McClain as McClain played soft defense during a drill in practice.
Illinois Luther Head pushes Cincinnati's Tony Bobbbitt away as he chases down a loose ball.
Illinois' Roger Powell is pulled to the ground by Cincinnati's Armein Kirkland.. The two stayed tangled up until referee Ted Hillary separated them. No foul was called.
Illinois' Dee Brown drives to the basket head of Cincinnati's Field Williams. Brown scored 14 points in the Illini's 92-68 victory.
Bruce Weber's daughter Hannah cheers on her father's Illini team.
Illinois' Roger Powell moves in to defend against Cincinnati's Kareem Johnson. Powell scored 22 points in the UI's 92-68 victory.
Illinois coach Bruce Weber designs a play in the huddle during a timeout.
Illinis Deron Williams looks to pass the ball while protecting it from Cincinnati's Field Williams.
UI coach Bruce Weber shouts instructions to his players against Cincinnati.
Illinois' Roger Powell, center, is sandwiched betwee Cincinnati's Jason Maxiell, left, and Feild Williams in the struggle for a rebound.
Illinois' Dee Brown applies tight defense against Cincinnati's Field Williams.
Illinois guards Dee Brown (11) and Deron Williams look over to the bench for instructions from coach Bruce Weber. Williams scored 31 points and Brown added 14 in the 92-68 victory over Cincinnati.
Illinois guard Richard McBride celebrates after scoring his second three-pointer against Cincinnati in the first half.
Photographer: The Associated Press
Illinois' Deron Williams is all smiles after scoring 31 points to lead the Illini to a 92-68 victory over Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Deron Williams gets a hug from Illini teammate Jerrance Howard.
Bruce Weber thrusts his fist into the air to recognize the Illini fans in the crowd at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Weber was about to be interviewed by CBS' Lesley Visser, left.
Illini Aaron Spears (1), Brian Randle (42) and Warren Carter (41) clown around in the Illini locker room after the Illini advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Illinois Deron Williams is mobbed by the media in the postgame locker room after the Illini's 92-68 victory over Cincinnati. Williams scored a game-high 31 points against the Bearcats.
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