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A lot has happened since the end of the Illinois basketball season, from player transfers to manager changes. Check out this video to get caught.


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CHAMPAIGN – Illinois lost three games in a row to Notre Dame by a total of 15 points.

The Illinois will have a chance to turn the tide on November 29 when they host the Irish in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge at the State Farm Center. The matchup was announced on Monday and marks the 43rd meeting between the two schools, with the first game going back to a home win in Illinois in 1922.

In its last three showdowns, Illinois lost to Notre Dame 76-74 at Champaign in 2018, 84-79 at South Bend in 2015, and 68-60 in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2003.

As the Illinois tries to get back to the Victory Column, they will be without the first team’s former Consensus All-American point guard, Ayo Dosunmu, and the second team’s former Consensus All-American center, Kofi Cockburn, the both participated in the 2021 NBA draft.

Illinois will still have a strong backcourt, highlighted by second year Andre Curbelo and fifth year Guardian Trent Frazier, who along with Dosunmu and Cockburn helped the Illinois get their first Big Ten tournament championship since 2005 in the 2020-21 season to be won.

“Need this rematch (with Notre Dame) fasho,” Frazier tweeted on Monday.

Illinois holds an all-time record 9-13 in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge, defeating Duke 83-68 last year at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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The Illinois Showdown with the Irish marks the program’s second official game announcement for the 2021-22 season. The Big Ten and Big East announced Thursday that Illinois will play at the Gavitt Tipoff Games at Marquette on November 15th.

The Illinois will also compete in the Hall of Fame Classic at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri, November 22-23, but specific matches have not been announced. Arkansas, Cincinnati, and Kansas State make up the remainder of the field.

The Big Ten released the matchups for their conference schedule on May 13, but dates have not yet been announced. Illinois will have home and away games against Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue and Rutgers. Only home games against Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin and only street games against Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska are played.

Illinois basketball uniforms over the years

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Illinois basketball has been around since the early 1900s, but “Illinois” in all caps didn’t appear on uniforms until 1922. Numbers didn’t appear until 1935.


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The Lou Henson era brought an interesting change in style: cursive. This was the uniform style from 1975-80.


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Bruce Douglas wore the classic Fighting Illinois uniforms from the 1980s.


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Kendall Gill and the Flyin”Ilini put 1980s uniforms on the minds of those who love to go into the Illinois.


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A return to the all-cap “Illinois” – albeit this time sanserif – returned in the 2000s and was a lucky charm in 2005 with a Final Four run.


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When the group wore the orange versions in 2005, the look really stood out. Dee Brown’s orange jersey is iconic.

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The 2010s brought alternative jerseys to college basketball. This shirt made its debut in 2011.


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A new look with the jagged side stripe debuted in 2014 and lasted for three seasons.


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Since the setbacks are in vogue, this is a look – worn here by Malcolm Hill in 2016 – that dresses it up at least once almost every year.


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The Illinois had a gray alternate uniform in 2013 and through the middle of the decade.


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In the past few years, the Illinois has been given a cleaner look, but it’s still the classic Illinois all-cap.


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The Illinois brought this late 1970s look back as an alternative last year.


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Chester Frazier, Shaun Pruitt

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Illinois Guard Chester Frazier charges the court with teammate Shaun Pruitt in the second half of the Big Ten basketball tournament against Penn State in Chicago, Thursday March 8, 2007. Illinois defeated Penn State 66-60. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)


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Cal State LB versus Illinois NCAA 1993

Cal State Long Beach’s Mike Atkinson, right, attempts to strip the ball from University of Illinois TJ Wheeler during the first half in NCAA first round game, Thursday, March 18, 1993, Salt Lake City, Utah. (AP Photo / Jack Smith)


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MICHIGAN VS. ILLINOIS

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Chris Webber (4) of Michigan wears a protective nose guard and defends against Illinois Robert Bennett (30) for the first half of Saturday night at Chrysler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, January 23, 1993. (AP Photo / Lennox McLendon)


LENNOX MCLENDON

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