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A national crown elevates Illinois into the elite

Originally Published: April 3, 2005
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS – A few members of the Illinois administration sat around Saturday night after the Illini beat Louisville in the national semifinals and talked about what it would mean if the Illini won the national championship Monday night.

They brought up that this was the 100th year of basketball at the school. They mentioned there has been a number of great Illini teams.

What they may not have specifically mentioned was that Illinois is one of only 15 Division I schools to have ...

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