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Lou Henson in 1975 'reached out to me and he had this idea of trying to create a more hostile atmosphere for opposing teams in the Assembly Hall.' Boy, was that a good idea.

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:

Year 31 of Kendall Gill’s fundraising golf outing on Monday will have a different look and feel, and not just because of the altered format made necessary because of COVID-19.

Lou answered every one of them, just like we were reporters from The News-Gazette or Sports Illustrated. I remember how he put us at ease, joked around a bit with us, but most importantly treated us like we were meant to be there.

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Ahead of Thursday’s special N-G salute to an Illini icon, we asked 10 folks who didn’t play for Lou Henson what memories came to mind when they learned of the beloved coach’s passing.

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron W 42 - 3
Sep. 7 at UConn W 31 - 23
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan L 31- 34
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska L 38 - 42
Oct. 5 at Minnesot L 17 - 40
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan L 25 - 42
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin W 24 - 23
Oct. 26 at Purdue W 24 - 6
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers W 38 - 10
Nov. 9 at Michigan State W 37 - 34
Nov. 23 at Iowa L 10 - 19
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern L 10 - 29

Basketball Schedule

Nov. 1 Illinois vs. Lewis W 83 - 50
Nov. 5 Illinois vs. Nicholls State W 78 - 70
Nov. 8 Illinois vs Grand Canyon W 83 - 71
Nov. 10 Illinois vs. Arizona L 69 - 90
Nov. 18 Illinois vs. Hawaii W 66 - 53
Nov. 20 Illinois vs. The Citadel W 85 - 57
Nov. 26 Illinois vs. Lindenwood W 117 - 65
Dec. 2 Illinois vs. Miami L 79 - 81
Dec. 7 Illinois vs. Maryland
Dec. 12 Illinois vs. Michigan
Dec. 14 Illinois vs. Old Dominion
Dec. 21 Illinois vs. Missouri
Dec. 29 Illinois vs. North Carolina A/T
Jan. 2 Illinois vs. Michigan State
Jan. 5 Illinois vs. Purdue
Jan. 8 Illinois vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 11 Illinois vs. Rutgers
Jan. 18 Illinois vs. Northwestern
Jan. 21 Illinois vs.Purdue
Jan. 25 Illinois vs. Michigan
Jan. 30 Illinois vs. Minnesota
Feb. 2 Illinois vs.Iowa
Feb. 7 Illinois vs.Maryland
Feb. 11 Illinois vs. Michigan State
Feb. 15 Illinois vs. Rutgers
Feb. 18 Illinois vs. Penn State
Feb. 24 Illinois vs. Nebraska
Feb. 27 Illinois vs. Northwestern
Mar. 1 Illinois vs. Indiana
Mar. 5 Illinois vs. Ohio State
Mar. 8 Illinois vs. Iowa