To celebrate Throwback Thursday, we’ll step back in time to hone in on a noteworthy moment. With the 10-year anniversary of the Illinois men’s basketball team reaching the national title game upon us, here’s what it was like after Illinois clinched a spot in the Final Four:
March 26, 2005
CHAMPAIGN — Home was where the wins were for No. 17 Illinois’ baseball team.
The Illini (18-5-1) completed their nine-game homestand with a 9-4 victory against Kent State on Wednesday at Illinois Field, going 7-2.
A week after staff writer Bob Asmussen put his NCAA tournament picks in the paper, we are giving him a second chance. (Note to Bob: Iowa State will not be in the finals as you originally projected).
Here are Asmussen’s picks for the Sweet 16, which starts Thursday night:
Notre Dame vs. Wichita State
6:15 p.m., CBS
PEORIA — Nick Rakocevic’s long arms seemed to be raised skyward most of last Saturday afternoon — either celebrating a big play by his eventual Class 3A state champion Westchester St. Joseph teammates or encouraging the Chargers fans in the crowd to make a little more noise.
WHY NO. 3?
Four-year starters Leah Williams and Rachel Tobeck are experienced veterans and among the solid hitters returning for coach Ken Ingold’s Bunnies, who won a Class 1A regional title last year.
MAHOMET — There have been Mahomet-Seymour boys’ basketball teams with more wins in a season.
There was a team from the school that qualified for state, losing in the quarterfinals to a Harvey Thornton squad in 1933, led by freshman Lou Boudreau, that went on to win the state championship.