"But last season's collapse put the extreme in extreme outlier. In the present tense, Paul is beastly, Groce is on an amazing personal run (the former Ohio coach is 17-1 since the tip-off of last season's MAC tournament), and the Illini are better than anyone expected just six short weeks ago. This team looks poised to erase the bad memories left behind by 2011-12.
The University of Illinois, Champaign created this 1907 song for its team.
Chief Illiniwek was the mascot and the official symbol of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1926 to February 21, 2007. The mascot was portrayed by a student dressed in Sioux regalia to represent the Illiniwek, the state's namesake. After nearly 20 years of arguments that Chief Illiniwek perpetuated stereotypes about American Indian peoples, Chief Illiniwek was banned and made a final official appearance was at an Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball game on Feb. 21, 2007.