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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A stroll down Memory Lane: Rediscovering the Chuck Wagon Diner, taking the interurban to Bloomington, the legendary horseshoe sandwich, the old C.S. Johnson factory, when the county fairgrounds were near Campustown. 

It has been a busy week for the Illinois football team, which has a new offensive coordinator (Barry Lunney Jr.) and a revised 2022 Big Ten schedule. We got to thinking: What else does Bret Bielema need to accomplish before his second

Several former Illini have earned national player of the year honors in the long history of the program. Others certainly made a strong case. Beat writer Scott Richey looks back at 10 of them:

Beat writer and AP voter Scott Richey breaks down his midseason top 10 national player of the year candidates:

Six national college basketball media provide insight on Illini big man's national player of the year candidacy

Hear from Brian Barnhart, Deon Thomas, Brad Underwood and worn-out Trent Frazier — 'I am gassed' — after the Illini's latest Big Ten win (plus video stories from six more games).