Greatest Illinois Plays Coasters

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Relive four of the greatest moments in Illinois basketball history. Each set comes with four laser-etched coasters depicting these historic plays:

2005 NCAA Elite Eight vs. Arizona - The Comeback
2000 Regular Season vs. Seton Hall - Bradford's 3-pointer
1993 Big Ten Conference Game vs. Iowa - Kaufman's buzzer-beater
1989 Regular Season vs. Georgia Tech - Clinching #1

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2005 NCAA Elite Eight
The Comeback
#1 Illinois vs. #3 Arizona
90 - 89
March 26, 2005
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Channing Fry and Salim Stoudamire's Arizona team had built at 15 point lead with under 4 minutes to go in the half. It seemed insurmountable. With 3:52 on the clock Deron Williams hit a 3-pointer to start one of the greatest comebacks in college basketball history. Luther Head hit another 3. Then Head stole the ball for a layup and they were only down 7 with 1:21 on the clock. Williams drove the court for a layup. Head hit another 3. Williams and Dee Brown forced a turnover and Brown got a layup. Now there are 45 seconds left and Illinois is only down by 3. They steal the inbound pass and Williams hit another 3 to take the game to overtime. Overtime was evenly matched and Arizona had one last shot to win it, but the ball bounced off the rim and Illinois secured its spot in the Final Four.
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2000 Regular Season
Bradford's 3-pointer
#7 Illinois vs. #8 Seton Hall
87 - 79
December 9, 2000
Assembly Hall, Champaign, IL
The game did no start well for Illinois. They were down by double-digits after only 8 minutes, and were trailing by 21 at half. Frank Williams showed why he was the Big Ten player of the year, pushing Illinois to mount a furious comeback, and scoring 17 of his 21 points in the second half. Marcus Griffin had a double-double, scoring 24 and rebounding 13. Their performances pushed the game into overtime, where Cory Bradford started it off with a 3-pointer, his first of the game and one where he tied an all-time NCAA record for consecutive games with a three.
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1993 Big Ten Conference Game
Kaufman's buzzer-beater
Illinois vs. #9 Iowa
78 - 77
February 4, 1993
Assembly Hall, Champaign, IL
Iowa had just seemingly won the game but the referees put 1.5 seconds on the clock, giving Lou Henson's Illinois team one last chance. T.J. Wheeler threw a "hail mary" pass to Andy Kaufman who put up an off-kilter three pointer at the buzzer. The basket won Illinois the game and it is considered by many as the greatest moment in Assembly Hall.
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1989 Regular Season
Clinching #1
#2 Illinois vs. Georgia Tech
103 - 92
January 22, 1989
Assembly Hall, Champaign, IL
The Flying Illini had a chance to grab the #1 spot in the rankings but they had to first get past Georgia Tech. At halftime they were down by 14 points, but they battled back to send it into OT. In the first OT Kendall Gill was injured, which seemed to give Illinois new energy. In the second OT they ran up a comfortable 10 point lead over an exhausted Georgia Tech. Kenny Battle finished the game with a soaring dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. Illinois won and became #1.
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