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Basketball Preview with Coach Weber
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Boz & Mr. G preview the upcoming hoops season with Coach Bruce Weber. Plus, we break down the Illinois / Penn State game with John Supine.
Episode Segments:
Illini 10/06/09 Hour One

Boz & Mr. G give their thoughts on the Penn State loss, the change at QB, and the coaching of Ron Zook. Then, John Supine of GateHouse News Service brings us the scoop from Champaign; what will McGee bring to the table, were Juice & Schultz not seeing eye to eye, and is the defense a bigger problem than the QB Situation.
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Talking Illini 10/06/09 Hour Two

The basketball season tips off next week with Midnight Madness, and we get you set for the season, as Head Basketball Coach Bruce Weber talks Illini with Boz and Mr.G! The coach talks about his expectations for the season, the incoming freshmen, and more!
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
John Supinie
John Supinie covers Illinois athletics for GateHouse News Service. His reports are published in the Peoria Journal Star, the Springfield State Journal-Register, the Rockford Register Star and elsewhere throughout the state and the Midwest. John began covering Illini football full-time in 1997. He's also covered Illinois basketball since 1991. So John has seen everything from an 0-11 season to the Rose Bowl, from practice sessions at the Ubben Basketball Complex to the Final Four. John is single and resides in Champaign with his golf clubs and a bottle of rum.

Bruce Weber
The Illinois basketball program has enjoyed unprecedented success both in the Big Ten and nationally under head coach Bruce Weber.

Illinois is the 11th-winningest college basketball program in the nation during Weber\'s tenure, totaling 152 victories over the last six years. With 152 wins in just six seasons, Weber already ranks third on the Illinois career coaching wins list.

Weber has won 72.7 percent of his games while in charge of the Fighting Illini (152-57). He owns the highest winning percentage of any coach in Big Ten history who has coached at least six seasons in the conference. His 152 wins, meanwhile, are the most in Big Ten history by a coach after his first six years.

Weber has earned a solid reputation in the college ranks and with NBA personnel as a coach who stresses player development and fosters an unselfish brand of basketball where the most important facet is team chemistry. Weber strives for an up-tempo motion offense coupled with hard-nosed man-to-man defense, traits that translate well to the NBA game.

Illinois has had four players selected in the NBA Draft under Weber, as Deron Williams (No. 3, Utah Jazz) and Luther Head (No. 24, Houston Rockets) were taken in the first round of the 2005 Draft, and James Augustine (No. 41, Orlando Magic) and Dee Brown (No. 46, Utah Jazz) were chosen in the second round of the 2006 Draft. Utah\'s selection of Williams at No. 3 overall in the 2005 lottery made him the highest-drafted player in Illinois history. Illinois\' total of four NBA draft picks over the last four years ranks eighth among NCAA schools.