Illini get Tourney Win, Need to Beat a Higher Seed


It was a pretty sweet NCAA Tourney win for the Illinois Fighting Illini last night. They absolutely crushed UNLV, and former Illinois Coach Lon Kruger in game that was much more lopsided than the final box score indicates.

And it was their first Tournament win in a half decade. That pretty much makes this season the most successful one in Champaign since 2006. For one night/day at least, all the underachieving, disappointment and failed expectations are put on ice, as this Illini team finally played up to their potential, and showed us what they’re truly capable of.

Now they have to do it again- against a higher seed. And another former Coach in Bill Self.

By Paul M. Banks

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Illini get 1st win on Neutral Court!

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By Paul M. Banks

INDIANAPOLIS- Gonzaga. Bradley. Utah. Georgia. Missouri. Those were the five opponents Illinois played on neutral courts this season. All five were losses. Given that the entire NCAA tournament is played on neutral courts, it was IMPERATIVE that Illinois get at least ONE win on a non-partisan floor at the Big Ten Tournament before the big dance begins. So after the Illini’s 58-54 win over Wisconsin, I made sure a question about Illinois getting the monkey off their back got asked.

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