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From the bench: A student-manager’s view of the 2004-05 Illini

By Sean Neumann

March 17, 2015

Crossing the Mississippi River, the St. Louis Gateway Arch began to peak over I-70. To anyone else at that moment, it was just a monument. But to the Illinois basketball team, watching the 630-foot symbol rise from the river’s western bank, it meant a dream accomplished. “There’s the arch!” D...

Hometown Illini players reflect on historic 2004-05 season

Hometown Illini players reflect on historic 2004-05 season

March 17, 2015

Despite being young at the time, former Champaign Centennial stars and now Illinois basketball players Rayvonte Rice and Michael Finke remember the 2004-05 basketball season like it was yesterday.  While many watched the monumental run on TV, Finke and Rice were in the atmosphere experiencing it first...

Where are they now: 2004-05 Illini basketball players and coaches

Where are they now: 2004-05 Illini basketball players and coaches

March 17, 2015

It has been an eventful 10 years since the 2004-05 Illinois men’s basketball team made it to the NCAA championship game. Much has changed at Illinois in those 10 years. But what have the players and coaches from that year’s team been up to since then?    Dee Brown No. 11 guard Brown was drafte...