Dee Brown, Deron Williams & Luther Head

Illinois 2005  Along with Saint Joe’s [Delonte West and Jameer Nelson], one of the most entertaining guard-oriented teams in recent memory. Forwards James Augustine and Roger Powell Jr. were solid complementary pieces, but this team (and its appeal) was all about the backcourt trio of Dee Brown, Deron Williams and Luther Head (the team’s leading scorer and a great bar bet question). These Illini just missed matching Saint Joe’s perfect regular season, falling to Ohio State on the final day of league play, and played in one of the classic national title games of this era, falling by five to a loaded UNC team on a night in which Illinois made just 12-of-40 threes.

[Image & Caption Source: SI.com; Photographer: Michael J. LeBrecht II/1Deuce3 Photography]

Dee Brown, Deron Williams & Luther Head

Illinois 2005  Along with Saint Joe’s [Delonte West and Jameer Nelson], one of the most entertaining guard-oriented teams in recent memory. Forwards James Augustine and Roger Powell Jr. were solid complementary pieces, but this team (and its appeal) was all about the backcourt trio of Dee Brown, Deron Williams and Luther Head (the team’s leading scorer and a great bar bet question). These Illini just missed matching Saint Joe’s perfect regular season, falling to Ohio State on the final day of league play, and played in one of the classic national title games of this era, falling by five to a loaded UNC team on a night in which Illinois made just 12-of-40 threes.

[Image & Caption Source: SI.com; Photographer: Michael J. LeBrecht II/1Deuce3 Photography]