IlliNation Show Featuring Brad Underwood, Nick Anderson and Larry Hawley

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A semi-exclusive with Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood headlines Volume I, Episode II of The IlliNation Show. Underwood shed some light on what his daily life work life is like in the summer months. He also talked about Illinois basketball being ranked #11 all time by the Associated Press and how the program needs to have “that swagger.”

Next up was Nick Anderson, of the ’89 Flyin’ Illini and the first ever draft pick in Orlando Magic history. His insights on Chicagoland recruiting issues are definitely something you read about and listen to.

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The IlliNation Show Featuring Peanut Tillman, Dick Butkus and Dee Brown

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Welcome to The IlliNation Show, inaugural edition! It’s volume I, chapter I of The Sports Bank’s special, exclusive Illini podcast. We have an action packed first show for you which covers the following topics in the segments below:

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Ohio State Football Tops B1G Pre-Media Days Power Rankings

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It’s another national title or bust kind of season for Ohio State football. All the college football preseason preview magazines see at least a final four appearance in Columbus, with two of the three calling a national championship game appearance. Thus, it’s pretty obvious who tops our B1G power rankings pre-Media Day.

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2018 NBA Mock Draft 7-11-17

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Welcome to version 1.0 of our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s never too early. For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked. That will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were not taken into account, and the order was randomized for this 2018 NBA mock draft.

Enjoy!

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Bobby Knight Really Sucks as a Human Being, Now Let’s Move on From Him

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Why is Bobby Knight still a thing? We’ve known for several decades already what kind of horrible human being he is. During his 76 years on this planet he’s racked up an infamous resume of deplorable actions that should have long disqualified him from relevance and being worthy of our attention.

Yet here we are again, talking about another disgusting thing Bobby Knight did. This time, he went to give a motivational speech at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and he ended up under investigation from both the FBI and the U.S. Army for groping the female employees.

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Illini Basketball: Brad Underwood Adds New Assistant Coach

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The last time that Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood spoke to the media (a couple weeks ago on the night of the Inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Gala), he spoke of swagger. Underwood said his team needs to have that swagger, and maybe the newest addition to his staff will help him get there.

On Friday, Underwood announced the addition of Geoff Alexander, who will serve as assistant to the Head Coach, as the newest member of the Illini basketball staff.

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Exclusive: Dee Brown on Why He Left Illini Basketball, His Future Plans

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The immortal artist Paul Gaugin once said “one must do whatever is necessary to create.” Former Illini basketball great Dee Brown embodied that philosophy during his playing career, as he did whatever it took to create opportunities for both his teammates and himself on the offensive end.

He won the 2006 Bob Cousy Award (nation’s best point guard) his senior season, capping an Illinois career which included a national title game appearance, first team All-American status and a B1G Player of the Year Award. These days, Brown is again doing whatever is necessary to try and create the coaching career he seeks.

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Deron Williams Will Have a NBA Job Next Year, Says Dee Brown

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The future of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Deron Williams remains in doubt.

Williams signed a one year, $410,733 contract with the Cavaliers, all of it guaranteed, but he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2017. His previous team, D. Will’s hometown Dallas Mavericks, paid him $9,000,000 in 2016-17.

After an absolutely abysmal NBA Finals performance (he finished with just five points on 2-of-16 shooting, 1-of-9 from three-point range and five turnovers in just 61 total minutes of action), many are wondering if Deron Williams will return at all to the league next season.

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Caleb Swanigan Could Get Minutes Immediately, Given Portland Trail Blazers Needs

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You’ve read all the scouting reports on Caleb Swanigan, the 6’9” Power Forward/Center out of Purdue University who was taken by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

You already know the limitations of his athleticism and his defense. You’ve already heard/read about how Swanigan turns the ball over too much. On the flip side, you also know how well he rebounds and passes, what a great shooter he is for a player his size, and that he takes care of business at the free-throw line too.

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Ex Illini Signee Jeremiah Tilmon Arrested for Possession of Intoxicants by a Minor

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For the segment of Illinois basketball fans that believe losing out on Jeremiah Tilmon is a blessing in disguise, Monday brought news that they’ll eat up like a starving person sitting in front of a big steak.

The former Illini signee, who then later defected to Mizzou after both programs made coaching changes, was arrested this past weekend by Missouri University Police.

Here’s a tweet from Daniel Jones, who covers Mizzou basketball for the local newspaper in Columbia, Missouri.

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Steve Lavin Has a Very Active, Extremely Interesting Instagram Account

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“Social Media Expert” is a meaningless title, said “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver during an episode last season. “All it takes is wanting it bad enough and not caring if people hate you,” he followed up on another episode later that season.

He’s right, and I often reiterate these quotes before judging someone on the content of their social media accounts. When it comes to Steve Lavin, though I have nothing but good things to say.

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Illini Basketball Keeps Beefing Up Front Court By Adding Matic Vesel

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Illini basketball has landed Matic Veselaccording to Derek Piper of Scout. While that phrase sounds like a marketing buzzword you’d hear at an information technology convention, or maybe a term used during a Naval mission debriefing, it is actually the name of a soon to be Illini basketball player.

This is great news too, and Illinois really needs to beef up their front-court. Depth is needed at forward and center so that Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood can rely on his preferred three guard lineups, and not be forced into often putting four guards on the floor.

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