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  • 1. 

    Undefeated until the final game of their 2005 regular season, Illinois lost 64-65 to who?

    • A.

      Ohio State

    • B.

      Maryland

    • C.

      Duke

    • D.

      Kentucky

    Correct Answer
    A. Ohio State
    Explanation
    In the 2005 regular season, Illinois had an undefeated record until the final game. However, they suffered a close defeat with a score of 64-65. The team that defeated Illinois in this game was Ohio State.

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  • 2. 

    Illinois point guard Dee Brown was given what award at the end of the 2006 season?

    • A.

      Sports Illustrated Top College Athlete

    • B.

      NCAA MVP Award

    • C.

      Bob Cousy Award

    • D.

      Mr. Illinois Basketball

    Correct Answer
    C. Bob Cousy Award
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Bob Cousy Award. The Bob Cousy Award is given annually to the top point guard in college basketball. Dee Brown, who played for Illinois, was awarded the Bob Cousy Award at the end of the 2006 season for his outstanding performance as a point guard.

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  • 3. 

    Deron Williams was a finalist for what prestigious award in 2005?

    • A.

      Wooden Award

    • B.

      First All American

    • C.

      Bob Cousy Award

    • D.

      Rhodes Scholarship

    Correct Answer
    A. Wooden Award
    Explanation
    In 2005, Deron Williams was a finalist for the Wooden Award. The Wooden Award is a prestigious accolade given annually to the most outstanding college basketball player in the United States. Being a finalist for this award indicates that Williams was recognized as one of the top players in college basketball during that year.

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  • 4. 

    Coach Bruce Weber replaced who at the University of Illinois?

    • A.

      Bill Self

    • B.

      Mark Few

    • C.

      Kelvin Sampson

    • D.

      Ron Guenther

    Correct Answer
    A. Bill Self
    Explanation
    Coach Bruce Weber replaced Bill Self at the University of Illinois.

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  • 5. 

    Bruce Weber was disappointed by Eric Gordon's decision to play for who instead of Illinois?

    • A.

      Murray State

    • B.

      Ohio State

    • C.

      Indiana

    • D.

      Cincinnati

    Correct Answer
    C. Indiana
    Explanation
    Bruce Weber was disappointed by Eric Gordon's decision to play for Indiana instead of Illinois because Gordon was a highly talented basketball player who was originally committed to play for Illinois. Weber had likely invested a significant amount of time and effort in recruiting Gordon, and his decision to play for a rival school like Indiana would have been seen as a betrayal. Additionally, Gordon's choice to play for Indiana could have been seen as a missed opportunity for Illinois to strengthen their team and potentially achieve greater success in the sport.

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  • 6. 

    At the last performance by the Fighting Illini mascot on Feb. 21, 2007, what did the fans do?

    • A.

      Started A Fire

    • B.

      Sang America The Beautiful

    • C.

      Threw Toilet Paper

    • D.

      Put On Black Shirts

    Correct Answer
    D. Put On Black Shirts
    Explanation
    The fans put on black shirts at the last performance by the Fighting Illini mascot on Feb. 21, 2007. This suggests that the fans wore black shirts as a way to show support or solidarity with the team or the mascot. Wearing black shirts could have been a coordinated effort by the fans to create a visual impact and demonstrate their enthusiasm for the team during the performance.

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  • 7. 

    Who was the first Fighting Illini to accumulate 1000 points and 1000 rebounds?

    • A.

      Dee Brown

    • B.

      Luther Head

    • C.

      James Augustine

    • D.

      Roger Powell

    Correct Answer
    C. James Augustine
    Explanation
    James Augustine was the first Fighting Illini to accumulate 1000 points and 1000 rebounds. This means that he scored over 1000 points and also grabbed over 1000 rebounds during his time playing for the Fighting Illini basketball team. This achievement showcases his skill and versatility on the court, as he was able to contribute both offensively and defensively.

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  • 8. 

    In 1997, former Illini coach Lou Henson began interim coaching at New Mexico State for what salary?

    • A.

      $1000 Per Day

    • B.

      $1,000,000 Per Year

    • C.

      $1000 Per Month

    • D.

      $1 Per Month

    Correct Answer
    D. $1 Per Month
    Explanation
    In 1997, former Illini coach Lou Henson began interim coaching at New Mexico State for a salary of $1 per month. This extremely low salary suggests that Henson was not motivated by financial gain, but rather by a desire to continue coaching and contribute to the sport. It is possible that Henson had already amassed enough wealth throughout his coaching career and was willing to take on the position for a minimal salary as a gesture of goodwill or for personal fulfillment.

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  • 9. 

    Where does the University of Illinois Fighting Illini get its name?

    • A.

      Chief Illiniwek

    • B.

      Illinois

    • C.

      A Predatory Bird

    • D.

      A Magician

    Correct Answer
    A. Chief Illiniwek
    Explanation
    The University of Illinois Fighting Illini gets its name from Chief Illiniwek. Chief Illiniwek was a symbol of the university's athletic teams from 1926 to 2007. He represented the Illini tribe, the original inhabitants of the state of Illinois. The use of Chief Illiniwek as a mascot was controversial and eventually retired due to concerns about cultural appropriation and stereotypes.

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  • 10. 

    Luther Head made a game-winning play against Purdue when he threw a half-court pass to who?

    • A.

      Roger Powell

    • B.

      Dee Brown

    • C.

      James Augustine

    • D.

      Deron Williams

    Correct Answer
    A. Roger Powell
    Explanation
    Luther Head made a game-winning play against Purdue by throwing a half-court pass to Roger Powell.

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  • 11. 

    What is the name of former Illini Mark Liberty's basketball coaching and training services company?

    • A.

      Make Your Mark

    • B.

      Top Sports

    • C.

      Flyin' High

    • D.

      Liberty Sports

    Correct Answer
    D. Liberty Sports
    Explanation
    Mark Liberty's basketball coaching and training services company is called Liberty Sports.

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  • 12. 

    Former Fighting Illini Eddie Johnson is a regular contributor to what website?

    • A.

      Collegebasketball-journal.com

    • B.

      Flyinillini.com

    • C.

      Jumpshot.com

    • D.

      Hoopshype.com

    Correct Answer
    D. Hoopshype.com
    Explanation
    Eddie Johnson, a former Fighting Illini, is known for regularly contributing to Hoopshype.com.

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  • 13. 

    At the age of 37, what former Fighting Illini had his first professional boxing match?

    • A.

      Ken Anderson

    • B.

      Marcus Liberty

    • C.

      Kendall Gill

    • D.

      Stephen Bardo

    Correct Answer
    C. Kendall Gill
    Explanation
    Kendall Gill is the correct answer because he is a former Fighting Illini athlete who transitioned into professional boxing at the age of 37.

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  • 14. 

    Fighting Illini Nick Anderson wore the number 25 in honor of what friend and teammate?

    • A.

      Shaquille O'Neal

    • B.

      Ben Wilson

    • C.

      Dennis Scott

    • D.

      Marcus Liberty

    Correct Answer
    B. Ben Wilson
    Explanation
    Ben Wilson was a close friend and teammate of Nick Anderson who tragically lost his life at a young age. To honor his memory, Anderson chose to wear the number 25 on his jersey.

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