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The Champaign Links: 2/17/15

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Fighting Illini Gigapixel
Were you in attendance at the State Farm Center for the Illinois/Michigan game? If so, you can find and tag yourself in this 360-degree HD photo.

2016 PG Xavier Simpson On B1G Radar - Big Stage Hoops
Lima Senior (OH) Xavier Simpson is a top-5 PG in the Midwest in the 2016 class. Illini and Northwestern have offered, while Michigan State has strong interest.

Marquette grants release to 2015 PG Nick Noskowiak
Marquette has granted the request of 6-foot-2 Sun Prairie guard and former (current?) Illini target Nick Noskowiak to be released from his national letter of intent. He missed 11 games this season while dealing with personal problems.

Jereme Richmond Talks About Life Behind Bars - DNAinfo
The 2010 Mr. Basketball and former Illinois player said his life is going to be a feel-good story.


There's a new dribble move taking the NBA by storm - SBNation
Several point guards are fooling defenders by putting backspin on the ball and letting it bounce back to them. How did this move come into being and why is it popular now? Better yet, what is it called?

7 maps that help explain National Signing Day 2015 - SBNation
Hundreds of college football teams signed thousands of players on one day. Here are a few ways to look at the bigger picture.


SEC Baseball Tradition Meets High Tech Tracking at Ole Miss - Advertising Age
The Ole Miss Rebels ballpark and rewards program features a new player this year: mobile tracking beacons.

Interstellar's fake black holes are helping actual scientific research - The Verge
Whether Interstellar was a good movie or not is still up for debate, but what seems certain now is that it led to some good science.


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