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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois coach Bret Bielema was disheartened with the news on Wednesday that longtime linebacker Jake Hansen will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery on Tuesday.

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:

Wins haven't happened at a high rate for Nancy Fahey at Illinois. Recruiting struggles have happened. Now the fifth-year Illini women's basketball coach is looking to turn it around this season: 'I learned some things, and I think we're better.'

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:

Bielema addresses some depth concerns, mainly along the offensive line, while other familiar names (Epstein, Hansen, Peters) are dealing with injuries

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:

National college basketball media high on Illinois ahead of 2021-22 season