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Mike Tisdale Excited About Senior Season

The Fighting Illini basketball team is creating a buzz of excitement with its depth of talent and athleticism. But it is the seniors who must perform their best for the team to reach lofty goals. Senior center Mike Tisdale, likely the best shooter on the team, has gained strength and is much more physical in the post. And his improved confidence makes for a better leader.

Mike Tisdale came to Illinois as a slender 190 pounder with skills but no strength. Now a senior, he is up to 250 pounds and is much stronger than in the past. He gained a great deal of confidence practicing against the USA team last summer, and he is ready to play this season at a higher level. Humble as always, Tisdale downplays his mental and physical growth since last season. "The...

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