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Fifty-five years ago on Sunday — Dec. 5, 1966 — Illinois’ basketball team traveled to Lexington, Ky., and defeated coach Adolph Rupp’s third-ranked Kentucky Wildcats 98-97 in overtime. Rich Jones, a 6-foot-6-inch forward for the Illini, offset 40 points by UK’s All-America guard Louis Dampie…

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:

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: