Illinois Hunt Down Salukis in Spirited Rivalry Game

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After a football game that nearly defied all description, Illinois head coach Bruce Weber knew it was important for the Illini basketball team to get out fast.

“I did bring up the football game in the shootaround — you just never know and you gotta be ready to play,” Weber said.

“When you are winning you’ve got to keep pouring it on. One of the things we weren’t that good at last year was building and extending leads and putting teams away.  We had a saying this summer that you don’t ever take any prisoners, you don’t let up. And the way we’re playing right now we are doing just that.”

It was that relentless style that led the Illini to build a 31 point lead on the way to their 85-63 win over Southern Illinois Saturday night.

By Paul Schmidt

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