Illinois basketball kicks off season

The Illinois basketball team is kicking off the 2010-11 season

with the annual Illini Madness.

Students and fans packed Huff Hall on Friday night as players

participated in a dunk and 3-point contest.

Illinois is looking to move past a disappointing 2009-10 season

where it finished 21-15 and failed to get off the bubble and into

the NCAA tournament. Instead, Illinois entered the NIT where it was

eliminated by Dayton in the quarterfinals.

In a prerecorded video that played before team introductions,

senior guard Demetri McCamey said the team is ready to ”do damage

this year.”

The Illini begin their quest for redemption as they open the

regular season Nov. 8 against UC Irvine at Assembly Hall.