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Abby Pilcher — an energetic third-grader at Washington Elementary in Monticello who is involved in 4-H, dance, basketball and gymnastics — enjoyed the Illini's season-ending win.

Illinois blows out Northwestern in regular season finale to regain Land of Lincoln Trophy for first time since 2014

Illinois starting offensive lineman gears up for final home game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday when Northwestern visits

CHAMPAIGN — Kofi Cockburn interrupted Alfonso Plummer before the Illinois guard could answer a question about his mentality during “heat-check” moments following Friday night’s 94-85 win against UT Rio Grande Valley.

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: