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Illini look towards the future after first round exit

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For the first time in 72 years, Illinois mens basketballs season came to an end in the month of February.

A loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament that did show us another positive glimpse into the future.

Sophomore Kipper Nichols scored a career high 31 points. Not only setting a personal best, but a new Illinois record for most points in a Big Ten Tournament game.

Nichols' 31 is tied for 4th most all-time for any player in the Big Ten Tourney.

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Athletic Director Josh Whitman took to Twitter as well to voice his support tweeting the following

"So proud of hard work done & foundation laid in last 12 months by the great people involved in our @IlliniMBB and @IlliniWBB programs. Proud of our players for their trust & grace during transition. Proud of our coaches for their vision, leadership & integrity. Proud of our fans for their faith & commitment. My heartfelt thanks to all. Short-term struggle yields long-term strength. Believe in what is happening with our #ILLINI. When we reach our goals, it will be so much more meaningful because we got there TOGETHER. We are writing one of the great stories in the history of college sports, and the ending is even better than you can imagine. Thanks to ALL for your efforts and support to help us make it happen. I am one proud #ILLINI. ???? forever. #WeWillWin

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