Illinois Wins ‘Typical Big Ten Game’ Against Wisconsin

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“I thought it was a typical Big Ten Game against Wisconsin,” Illinois head coach Bruce Weber said after the game. “You have to have the right mindset and understand your opponent and understand they are going to keep playing and they don’t get rattled. We’d go on a run and they would calmly walk to the huddle. They come out, they make plays…You’re not going to put a Bo Ryan team away.”

That was how Weber succinctly wrapped up the Illini’s 69-61 win against the Badgers on Sunday night in front of a sometimes-lackluster sell out crowd at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

Though the Illini at times dominated the game, it was their inability to put their opponents away that again dominated the thoughts of many after the game — even if Weber would like to say that it was the talent and poise of the Badgers that allowed that to happen. [Read more…]