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Congratulations to the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team and head coach Bruce Weber for a great season, finishing with a 26-7 record.

Who would have thought at the beginning of the college basketball season, when the Fighting Illini hired a new head coach in Bruce Weber, that at first he would have to endure some trying moments, such as the Illini fans being so spoiled with the former coach that coach Weber would finally get so irate that he finally had to blow off steam at the media and the fans? Another was at the start of the basketball season when he had to sit some players on the bench for their wrongdoings. The basketball team could have folded and not cared about playing this season, but Bruce Weber, his assistants and the players would not see it this way.

Instead the Fighting Illini started out the season by winning 10 of their first 12 games and finished with a 12-game winning streak and winning an unprecedented Big Ten title for the first time since 1952. Then, a historic moment occurred in the NCAA tournament, when Illinois, a fifth seed, beat a higher-seeded team. This was the first time ever that the Fighting Illini had beaten a team that was seeded higher than they were. This win was not by one or two points but by an amazing 24 points.


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Although the Fighting Illini lost in the Sweet 16, with a team predominant of sophomores, I can foresee only greatness for the Illini, especially if the team stays together and coach Weber can have fairly successful if not great recruiting seasons for years to come.

I would also like to encourage high school players to stay and play basketball at an Illinois college or university instead of going far away to go to school. There are many fine programs here in the state of Illinois, and you would also have the added benefit of having your parents and friends root on you and your team.


William Sewell

Wood River

(posted 4-9-04)

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