"It's gelling better, it's stuck in my mind a little better. It's not like you're starting for the first time, so it's definitely nice to have that under my belt." — Brandon Peters
"I committed to Illinois, I played for my home state, and now I'm rewarded with playing for my home city."
"(Coach Brad Underwood) wants to win a national championship. He says it every day, and that's what we're trying to do here."
"He’s a gritty defender who can handle the ball, and would provide another playmaking presence on the (Milwaukee Bucks). But he may not even make it to the second round."
"My (late) mother really cared about us two a lot, and I just think that this is something that is making her happy."
After a Cinderella run as a No. 16 seed in last year's The Basketball Tournament, House of 'Paign could not build on that success this summer.
"Obviously now we have a chance to have one of the most memorable seasons in school history, and that would only further cement his place in our program's record books."
"For me, the thing that I'll always remember is his smile."
"All those guys deciding to come back is one of the reasons why I wanted to stay. Obviously it's awesome for (us) to come back and give it one more round."
"The last time I was in this building, it was my last game as a head coach in this conference."
"This is where I'm going to cement my legacy. This is why I came."