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CHAMPAIGN — Josh Whitman was pulled aside in the tunnel leading to Lou Henson Court after an Illinois basketball game last season. The message from someone the Illini athletic director trusted?

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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:

College athletes are picking schools — and then leaving them — at a record pace. With no signs of the trend slowing down

Caleb Griffin, a former four-sport Danville High School star and a current kicker on the Illinois football team, is a constant presence at high school, college and pro sporting events

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ nonconference schedule got more interesting Friday morning when the matchups for the 2022 Big Ten/ACC Challenge were released. The Illini will host Syracuse on Wed., Nov. 29, in one of the two best games that night along with Michigan-Virginia.