On this date
Nine years ago Sunday, Illinois’ fifth-ranked basketball team dismantled No. 1 Wake Forest and All-American Chris Paul, 91-73, at the Assembly Hall. Illinois led by as many as 32. Roger Powell scored 19 points, while Dee Brown and Luther Head each added 16. Deron Williams had 11 assists. Other memorable Illini events on this date:
Dec. 1, 1923: Michigan agrees to play Illinois in football in 1924 in a game that would dedicate UI’s new Memorial Stadium.
Dec. 1, 1961: Bill Burwell scored 29 points to pace Illinois past Butler, 82-72, in the season opener at Huff Hall.
Dec. 1, 1979: Gary Moeller was fired as football coach.
Dec. 1, 1983: Mike White was named Big Ten football’s Coach of the Year.
Dec. 1, 1989: Illini volleyball beat Penn State, 3-0, in first-round NCAA tournament play at Kenney Gym.
Dec. 1, 1990: For only the fourth time in Illinois history, an Illini reached 40 points. Andy Kaufmann’s 40 helped the UI defeat Eastern Illinois 106-87.
Dec. 1, 2001: No. 2 Illinois got 23 points from Cory Bradford, including 18 on six three-pointers, in an 80-56 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Dec. 1, 2007: Trent Meacham scored a career-best 26 in a 78-61 win against Weber State.
Sunday: D.A. Points, golf (37)
Monday: Ron Dunlap, basketball (67)
Tuesday: Richard Keene, basketball (40)
Wednesday: Andy Dixon, equipment manager (60)
Thursday: Ron Turner, football coach (60)
Friday: Tiffani Walker, soccer (32)
Saturday: Jon Ekey, basketball (23)
By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore
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