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Mike Tisdale Important Cog In Illini Attack

It takes time for a tall player to develop his body and his basketball game. For the impatient fan and coach, the wait can seem excruciating. But patience is often a virtue. A good example is Mike Tisdale. The Illini center is continuing to develop his strength and add weight, and the more he does the better he plays.

Mike Tisdale is now a junior. The 7'-1" Illinois center hasn't gained much weight since last year, but he is stronger. "I'm feeling good. I'm feeling real confident with the team, and I'm more confident with myself. I think the excitement's good, the expectations are high." The team's success is more important to Tisdale than individual accolades. "Yeah, I think if we come together we...

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