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Illini, back from dead, continue bus tour to St. Louis

After a comeback for the ages, a postgame T-shirt said it all. Illinois just had "the will to win."

Originally Published: March 26, 2005
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN The Magazine

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- And then, as Illinois honk and good-luck mascot Bill Murray once said in "Stripes," depression set in.

This time -- and a dazed Illini coach Bruce Weber still isn't sure why he's headed to St. Louis and the Final Four -- it is Arizona taking the next flight home, courtesy of their U of I travel agents and, quite simply, a comeback for the ages.

Illinois' march to the arch was made possible Saturday evening by a 90-89 overtime win that belongs in the same team photo ...

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