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Big Ten Tournament 2005
Photographer: Robert K. O'Daniell
Dee Brown talks to the media during the postgame press conference Friday morning at the United Center in Chicago.
Northwestern's Vedran Vukusic defends as Illinois' Shaun Pruitt works for position in the second half of the Illini's Big Ten tournament opener.
Luther Head passes around Northwestern's Davor Duvancic in the second half in the second-round game at the United Center in Chicago.
Illinois coach Bruce Weber passes along instructions in the second half of the game between the University of Illinois and Northwestern on Friday.
Luther Head shoots over Northwestern's Michael Jenkins in the second half of Friday's game.
With more than 6 minutes to go, Dee Brown, Deron Williams and James Augustine laugh it up on the bench.
James Augustine slams the ball in the second half against Northwestern..
Dee Brown passes the ball ahead on a fast break against Northwestern at the United Center.
James Augustine and Michael Jenkins scramble on the floor for a loose ball in the second half Friday.
Northwestern's Michael Jenkins and Dee Brown have their eyes on a loose ball in the second-round game of the Big Ten tournament.
Deron Wililams blocks the path of Northwestern's Mohamed Hachad.
Dee Brown drives against Wildcat Mohamed Hachad in the second half.
Illinois' Deron Williams fights with Northwestern's Mohamed Hachad for a defensive rebound in the first half.
Illini Luther Head pressures Northwestern's Michael Jenkins in the first half of the second-round game Friday.
Dee Brown and Northwestern's T.J. Parker talk during the first half of Friday's game in Chicago. In the postgame interview, Brown said they were "just talking about life."
James Augustine blcoks a shot Mohamed Hachad of Northwestern in the first half.
Nick Smith sets a pick for Dee Brown against Northwestern's T.J. Parker in the first half.
Northwestern's Mohamed Hachad pressures Illinois guard Deron Williams.
UI pep band members Jessica Lindeman, left, and Kim Whitlock, wearing "ILL" and "INI" on their hats, play clarinets during a break in the first half of Friday's games.
Photographer: Robert K .O'Daniell
Megan Weber, wife of UI coach Bruce Weber, talks after the Illini's victory over Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.
Deron Williams saves a ball from out of bounds in the second half against the Gophers.
Illini coach Bruce Weber shouts instructions to his team in the first half of the game against Minnesota.
Roger Powell grabs a rebound in the second half of the game between Illinois and Minnesota.
Deron Williams goes after the ball as it bounces out of reach of Minnesota's Brent Lawson in the second half.
Illini coach Bruce Weber grabs the arm of assistant coach Wayne McClain in the first half against Minnesota.
Roger Powell puts the ball up as Minnesota's Jeff Hagen defends.
James Augustine shoots over Gopher Jeff Hagen in the first half of the game in Chicago on Saturday afternoon.
Minnesota's Aaron Robinson pressures as Dee Brown tries to drive past.
UI coach Bruce Weber gets a little emotional during a moment of silence in honor of his mother before the basketball game between Illinois and Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Dawn Weber died Friday.
UI coach Bruce Weber follows assistant coach Wayne McClain out on the court for the basketball game between Illinois and Minnesota at the Big Ten tournament.
Illinois players wore a black bands on their uniforms in memory of Dawn Weber, mother of Illini coach Bruce Weber, who died Friday in Chicago.
UI band member Chris Kerback is decked out for the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday.
James Augustine scores on a jam in the first half against Wisconsin.
Luther Head and coach Wayne McClain talk on the bench in the first half of the game between Illinois and Wisconsin on Sunday.
Illinois' Jack Ingram and Wisconsin's Zach Morley grab for the ball in the first half of the Big Ten tournament title game in Chicago.
Roger Powell puts up a reverse layup in the first half against Wisconsin.
Luther Head looks to pass around Wisconsin's Clayton Hanson in the second half at the United Center.
Tournament MVP James Augustine drives around Wisconsin's Mike Wilkinson in the second half of the Big Ten tournament championship game Sunday.
Illini fans try to catch the CBS cameras in the second half of Sunday's BIg Ten title game.
Illini Dee Brown is fouled by Wisconsin's Kammron Taylor in the second half Sunday afternoon.
Roger Powell shoots over Wisconsin's Alando Tucker in the second half of the Big Ten title game.
From left, Megan Weber and daughters Christy and Emily show their support in the second half of the Illini's game with Wisconsin.
Illini fans look toward the CBS TV cameras.
Deron Williams drives between Wisconsin's Brian Butch, left, and Alando Tucker in the second half at the United Center.
James Augustine tries to hide his smile as he answers a question about being surprised that he was named MVP at the postgame press conference in Chicago on Sunday.
Illini coach Bruce Weber cuts down the rest of the net after his team won the Big Ten tournament title with a 54-43 victory over Wisconsin.
Jack Ingram carries the Big Ten tournament trophy at the United Center in Chicago.
Members of the Illinois team poses for trophy photo after winning the Big Ten tournament championship.
The Illini cheer as they see themselves on TV watching the NCAA tournament selection show.
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