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50th Anniversary Events | Assembly Hall's Greatest Games

The University of Illinois is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Assembly Hall on March 2, 2013. In it's first 50 years, nearly 10 million fans have seen over 700 games at the Hall, creating countless memories.  We asked Fighting Illini fans to recall their personal memories, both for basketball and entertainment events, at the historic building. Here's what you had to say... 


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. 


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.

Here's a look at the most viewed videos from the Fighting Illini Athletics YouTube channel (IlliniProductionsHD) from 2012, plus a couple Illini-related bonus videos that were either posted by another channel or fell just outside of 2012. These numbers are solely from the Illinois Athletics YouTube channel, so they don't include view counts from the fightingillini.com video player. Certainly some great moments to look back on this year. 

#1 - D.J. Richardson Game-Winning 3-Pointer at Hawaii 11/16 (55,000+ views in 2012)
A thrilling, late-night finish combined with no television and a shaky internet feed combined to make this video the most-watched video of 2012 on the Illinois Athletics YouTube channel with over 55,000 views in just over a month. The video of Richardson's game-winning three in Illinois' 78-77 overtime win is from the local station that aired the game in Hawaii and the audio is rough, but the shot was spectacular and this was the only way most Illini fans could see it. 

2004-Braggin Rights-1.jpg2012 Braggin' Rights Game Notes

With the Illini heading to St. Louis this Saturday to face Missouri in the annual Bud Light Braggin' Rights game  (5 pm CT, ESPN2), I thought it would be a good time to look back at some memorable games from the border war. In the 32-year history of the event, the Illini hold a 20-11 series edge against the Tigers, and many of those games have been instant classics. Whether it was a last-second basket or miss, an incredible individual performance or a wire-to-wire blow out, incredible things have happened when Illinois and Mizzou square off in St. Louis.
Canada-Bronze.jpgFormer Illini soccer star Emily Zurrer will return from London with a bronze medal after the Canadian women's soccer team defeated France 1-0 on Aug. 9 in the bronze medal match. Another former Illini will also return home with a medal, as Deron Williams and USA men's basketball will go for their second straight gold medal on Sunday, Aug. 12 (9 am CDT, live on NBC) in the Olympic final against Spain. 

Illini Olympic Central | Illini Photos | London 2012 | NBC Olympics

Deron-Lithuania-8.4-2.jpgFormer Fighting Illini continue to compete in London as USA basketball star Deron Williams and Team USA are well on their way to their second straight gold medal after a perfect 5-0 mark in group play. The medal round begins on Wednesday. Hurdler Nikkita Holder (Canada) has advanced out of the first round of the 100m hurdles with the semifinals and final coming on Tuesday. Meanwhile, recent alum Andrew Riley (Jamaica) will begin his Olympic quest on Tuesday with round 1 of the 110m hurdles.

Illini Olympic Central | Illini Olympic Photos | London 2012 | NBC Olympics

Arch-Dwill.jpgThree of the six former Fighting Illini standouts have begun competition in London. Basketball players Deron Williams (USA) and Robert Archibald (Great Britain) will each play their third game of pool play today in London, while former soccer star Emily Zurrer (Canada) had her second Olympic games cut short due to a hamstring injury. The three Illini track and field competitors will begin action soon, starting with USA discus thrower Gia Lewis-Smallwood on Friday, Aug. 3.

Illini Olympic Central | Illini Olympic Photos | London 2012 | NBC Olympics

4-BP Wide2.jpgBy now you probably know about Brandon Paul's incredible 43-point performance in Illinois' 79-74 win over #5 Ohio State on Tuesday. Paul's performance will go down as one of the best single-game performances in both Illinois and Big Ten history. The numbers below show just how special of a game it was for the junior from Gurnee, Ill.

Tyler Griffey: The Tours

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Griffey-Leonard-Italy.JPGIllinois junior forward has been gracious enough to blog periodically during Illinois' trip to Italy. In the second installment, Griffey recaps the first days of sight-seeing in Rome, Vatican City and Florence along with providing us a cliche photo of Meyers Leonard from Pisa.

Tyler Griffey: Experienced Traveler

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Illinois junior forward Tyler Griffey has been gracious enough to blog periodically during Illinois' trip to Italy. In this first installment, Griffey goes over what it takes to be a successful international traveler.

Illini in Rome

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Hello, this is Derrick Burson, Associate Sports Information Director, writing to you from the Gran Cafe Roma here in Italy. The Fighting Illini basketball team arrived in Rome following 21 hours of travel. We left campus on Wednesday at 11:30 am and arrived at Chicago O'Hare Airport at 2 o'clock for our 4:30 departure. An eight-hour flight on a Lufthansa Airbus 333 brought us to Dusseldorf, Germany, where we arrived at 7:30 am local time Thursday. To help adjust to the time change, we were encouraged to sleep as much as possible on the flight. Some were successful and some, like myself, tried countless times to fall asleep with little success. But I did enjoy two movies and learned more than I thought possible about lions and their quest for power and control of the Kenyan wildlife reserves thanks to a National Geographic documentary.