From Alma to the Arboretum, this list spotlights the myriad prides of the Illini.
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Roger Powell Jr. capped off his collegiate career in style at the Final Four. In the early minutes of the second half in the national semifinal against Louisville, Illinois guard Powell hit a step-back three-pointer at the top of the key to beat the shot clock. Then, on the Illini’s next possession after grabbing a defensive rebound, he followed his own three-point miss with a tip-dunk that sent the Edward Jones Dome into a frenzy. Powell scored the Illini’s first nine points of the second half en route to the Illini’s 72-57 win. This series of plays is why many Illini
In John Groce’s first year at the helm of the Illini men’s basketball program, his team relied on the deep threat. And that mindset — 280 made three-point field goals — helped the Illini reach the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2011. But for two Champaign organizations, the Cunningham Children’s Home and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, those three-point shots meant more than wins and losses. Each season, members the Orange Krush Foundation – the basketball student cheering section – pledge money for each three-point basket. The made three pointers last season amounted