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February 2013 Archives

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This Saturday when the Nebraska Cornhuskers come to town (4:15 pm tip on BTN) we'll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Assembly Hall. The grand opening of the $8.35 million architectural marvel was on March 2, 1963, exactly 50 years to the day from Saturday's game. During those first 50 years, the Fighting Illini have an impressive record of 553-149 (.787) in the building and have created countless memories for the more than 9.6 million fans that have come to watch them play. Below is a list of some of the Assembly Hall's greatest men's basketball moments. Tell us yours in the comments. 

Illini Ink - 9th Edition

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Get the inside scoop and peek into the lives of the Illinois Women's Gymnastics team with Illini Ink - the weekly journal that takes you behind the scenes. In this year's 9th edition, senior Elise Gill discusses the team's season high score of 196.35 at Minnesota, team building exercises during practice and Gym Jam success including Alina Weinstein's record breaking performances. 

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What a night at Assembly Hall. On Feb. 7, 2013, Tyler Griffey made an uncontested layup as time expired to give the Fighting Illini a thrilling 74-72 win over No. 1 Indiana in front of a sellout crowd at Assembly Hall.

Brandon Paul got the assist on Griffey's game-winner, inbounding the ball from the right corner with 0.9 on the clock. Griffey cut down the lane un-guarded, got the shot off quickly, the ball went though the hoop as the clock hit 0.0 and bedlam ensued at Assembly Hall. Re-live the night with a look at the social media reaction by Illini Nation below.

Illini Ink - 8th Edition

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Foley.jpgGet the inside scoop and peek into the lives of the Illinois Women's Gymnastics team with Illini Ink - the weekly journal that takes you behind the scenes. In this year's 8th edition, freshman Heather Foley chats about the Illini's Pink Meet victory over Michigan State and moving forward from Nebraska to get ready for Minnesota on Feb. 9.
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The fifth annual Illinois Challenge was another success. We beat Illinois State University for the fifth year in a row and remained undefeated! 

The morning four-ball matches were challenging but fun. Ember and Erin paired up against two ISU girls, but lost their match on the 17th hole. Sam and Kaitlyn also lost on the 16th hole. Jackie and Pim were partners, and they were the only victorious ones in the morning matches. The score from the morning was 2-1 ISU. We realized we had some work to do in the afternoon to win the Challenge. 

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Illini in the NFL Weekly Archive | Illini in the NFL Website

Former Illini offensive lineman Jack Cornell has had an incredible year. He graduated from the University of Illinois last fall, helped the Illini to a bowl victory last December, joined the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent last spring, got engaged over the summer, and now he's become a Super Bowl Champion.

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Illini in the NFL Weekly Archive | Illini in the NFL Website

A pair of Fighting Illini NFL rookies are in New Orleans this week for Super Bowl XLVII, which takes place this Sunday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 pm CT on CBS. Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins of the San Francisco 49ers and offensive lineman Jack Cornell of the Baltimore Ravens practice squad have been in the "Big Easy" all week going through all the usual Super Bowl week events while also getting ready, and helping their teams get ready, for the big game. It marks the seventh straight year and the 11th time in the last 12 years that at least one Illini has played in the Super Bowl.