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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:

Exactly 143 years ago Sunday — Oct. 2, 1879 — as an extension of an oratorical competition between Illinois Industrial University (University of Illinois) and Illinois College, the two institutions faced off on the baseball diamond for what history reveals was the university’s very first int…