Illinois Advances in the N. I. T., Happy to Be Here. Really.

By Paul Schmidt

Even if you take at face value how much the Illini are trying to win the NIT, their second half performance against Kent State was inspiring.

Such is life for the Illini, who had to answer a barrage of questions about whether or not they really wanted to be in the NIT after their 75-58 win against the Kent State Golden Flashes.

The win was the 21st on the season for the Illini and guaranteed them one more home game — a last dance if you will, Wednesday night against Dayton.

The win ALSO puts the Illini one win from playing in one of basketball’s most venerable venues — Madison Square Garden. [Read more…]