Legends, Lists & Lore: 2005 national runners-up

Legends, Lists & Lore: 2005 national runners-up

Five years ago, North Carolina defeated Illinois 75-70 to win the NCAA men's basketball title. The story of the 2004-05 team, by the numbers:

1: National ranking of Wake Forest when Chris Paul & Co. were beaten 91-73 by Illinois

3: The Three Amigos, a nickname given to the trio of Dee Brown, Luther Head and Deron Williams

4: Jersey number of second-team All-America guard Luther Head

5: Preseason ranking of the '04-05 Illini and the jersey number of Deron Williams

5.1: Seconds left when Ohio State's Matt Sylvester hit a three-pointer that ended Illinois' perfect record (29-1)

11: The number on the jersey that was frequently "popped" by first-team All-Big Ten guard Dee Brown

15: Consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in the national polls

21: Age of Roger Powell Jr. when he became a licensed minister in the Pentecostal church, just prior to his senior season

25: School record of consecutive Big Ten victories recorded by the '03-04 and the '04-05 Illini

37: Number of victories assembled by the '04-05 Illini against only two losses

50: Jersey number of Jack Ingram, "The Professor," hero of games against Wisconsin and Arizona

63: Victories amassed by Illinois in coach Bruce Weber's first two seasons (against nine losses)

86: Height in inches of Illinois' tallest player, Nick Smith

100: 2004-05 marked the University of Illinois' 100th season of men's basketball

344: Record number of three-pointers made by the '04-05 Illini

Illini Birthdays

Sunday: Ken Gillen, football (50)

Monday: Morris Virgil, football (27)

Tuesday: Janna Sartini, softball (28)

Wednesday: Jamar Smith, basketball (23)

Thursday: Kendra Gantt, basketball (47)

Friday: Bruce Douglas, basketball (46)

Saturday: Paul and Phil Judson, basketball (76)

NEXT SUNDAY: Dave Scholz

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore and assistant athletic director at Miami (Ohio)


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