Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team:

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To help spruce up Danville ahead of next week’s invasion of basketball teams and their fans, the folks at Keep Vermilion County Beautiful could use the help on Saturday morning.

Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team:

Astronaut Mike Hopkins answered questions from local grade schoolers, engineering students, current football players and alumni for about 25 minutes, before Athletic Director Josh Whitman wrapped it up with a celestial “I-L-L.”

Shipping containers and pools in Urbana; hiking trails in Champaign County; county board members who fear for their safety; and plenty of hotel talk, including what became of the McClurg in Urbana.