EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: With the NCAA title being decided tonight, no better time to remember when Illinois was on the brink of glory.Date: April 4, 2005Headline: Visions of beauty

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: With the NCAA title being decided tonight, no better time to remember when Illinois was on the brink of glory.Date: April 4, 2005Headline: Visions of beauty

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: If it beats Miami, Illinois will reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005. In 2001, the Illini ended a much-longer Sweet 16 drought by winning twice in Dayton.

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: Brandon Paul's shot to beat Minnesota on Thursday was the second game-winner by an Illini at the Big Ten tournament. Cory Bradford's three-pointer down Bob Knight's Hoosiers in a 2000 quarterfinal.

News-Gazette reporter Bob Asmussen and photographer Holly Hart were allowed to tag along on the Krush's recent trip to Purdue. Embedded in a group of 100, Asmussen had to dress and act like the Krush for nine hours.

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: Fifteen years ago this month, Lon Kruger's Illini won a Big Ten title and Bob Knight went nuts.Date: Feb. 25, 1998

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Throughout the day, we'll take a look back at iconic figures — one per school — from Big Ten's basketball past. The 12th installment:Whatever happened to ... Wisconsin’s Michael Finley

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Twenty years ago, the Fab Five was at its finest. With Michigan rising to No. 1 again — 20 years later — we decided to take a look back at that trend-setting quintet, as well as lost-in-the-shuffle memory makers from the other 11 Big Ten schools. Some were players. Some were coaches. We even looked back at an arena that Big Ten fans can relate to. The second installment:

Twenty years ago, the Fab Five was at its finest. With Michigan rising to No. 1 again — 20 years later — we decided to take a look back at that trend-setting quintet, as well as lost-in-the-shuffle memory makers from the other 11 Big Ten schools. Some were players. Some were coaches. We even looked back at an arena that Big Ten fans can relate to. The first installment:

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: Illinois lost nine straight against Michigan in the Fab Five era until Lou Henson's final team answered back.Headline: Illini finally fabulousDate: March 3, 1996

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: There was crying in basketball the last time Illinois visited Nebraska in men's basketball.Headline: Emotion bowls to surface after blowoutDate: Feb. 18, 2012

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: In the 2000 Big Ten opener, Ohio State left the Assembly Hall a frustrated loser thanks to Frank Williams' buzzer-beater.Date: Jan. 7, 2000Headline: A shot to remembert

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: Bill Self's first Braggin' Rights game resulted in a win, kicking off a nine-game winning streak by the Illini in the series in St. Louis.Date: Dec.. 222. 2000

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: Josh Brent came to Illinois with high expectations. He wasn't alone, the BCC star just one of many blue-chippers brought in by Ron Zook in a memorable Class of 2007.Date: Feb. 8. 2007

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: Illinois first met Gonzaga in 2001, when the 'Zags still were fighting for respect.Date: Nov. 15, 2001Headline: All bark and biteBy BRETT DAWSON

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: Illinois is 6-7 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which resumes this week. Its debut game – played at the United Center and coached by Lon Kruger — resulted in a loss.Date: Dec. 1, 1999

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: Illinois is headed to its third Maui Invitational. It's first trip — under Bill Self in 2000 — finished with a narrow loss to No. 1 Arizona.Headline: Illini show they belong

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: Nate Mast, who is coming to town for a book signing (4-6 p.m . Friday at Meathead's Champaign), couldn't have picked a tougher opponent to make his starting debut at Illinois.

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: In 2007, the Illini's trip to Ohio State ended in a history-making upset — and kind words from Loren Tate on then-popular Ron Zook. Think it can happen again this Saturday?Date: Nov. 11, 2007

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: The Celtics gave Jamar Smith a chance to make their roster. Not long ago, he was just trying to hang on to his college career.Headline: Rebuilding projectDate: Feb. 15, 2009

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: John Groce has reopened the Simeon-Illinois basketball pipeline. One former Simeon star, Ben Wilson, never made it to Illinois — but his memory lives on.Headline: Ben Wilson: One of a kind

EACH WEEK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN ILLINI HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTEThis week: This week's visitor, Penn State, has plenty of football history to turn to in times like these.Headline: The great Penn State debateDate: Oct, 3, 1997

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron, 11am
Sep. 7 at UConn, 2;30pm
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan, 11am
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska, TBA
Oct. 5 at Minnesota, 2:30pm or 3pm
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan, TBA
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin, 11am
Oct. 26 at Purdue, TBA
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers, TBA
Nov. 9 at Michigan State, TBA
Nov. 23 at Iowa, TBA
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA