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'I came out and had a few peaceful moments and enjoyed the fans and looked up and saw a lot of orange and realized how fortunate I am to be the basketball coach at Illinois.'

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:

The Big Ten has reached the halfway point of league play. The conference teams are also two-thirds of the way through the regular season. Some call it the stretch run. College basketball writer Scott Richey calls it a perfect time to analyze all 14 teams in a topsy-turvy league:

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The Big Ten has reached the halfway point of league play. The conference teams are also two-thirds of the way through the regular season. Some call it the stretch run. College basketball writer Scott Richey calls it a perfect time to analyze all 14 teams in a topsy-turvy league:

Bloomington Central Catholic guard, who has an Illinois offer, visits St. Joseph-Ogden for a Tuesday night tip

The day after a game when an opposing player misses two consecutive free throws, local McDonald’s restaurants typically give away about 1,500 free McNuggets.