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Illinois honors Henson, names court for longtime coach

Illinois honors Henson, names court for longtime coach

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Lou Henson

Former Illinois basketball coach Lou Henson, left, and current coach John Groce meet following the team's 2012 win over Eastern Kentucky at Champaign. Illinois announced Monday it is naming the State Farm Center floor "Lou Henson Court."

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois will name the new court at the State Farm Center after longtime Illini coach Lou Henson.

The university announced the move Monday, saying the Lou Henson Court will bear the 83-year-old former coach's signature.

Henson is the winningest coach in the history of the University of Illinois. He won 423 games in 21 seasons. This year, he was named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and is due to be inducted in November.

Henson is also battling what he has called pre-leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy.

The State Farm Center is undergoing extensive renovation and is expected to reopen Dec. 2 when the Illini play Notre Dame.

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