Behind the Mic
The Illini basketball team will be inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena tonight to close out what has been a rollercoaster ride through the Big Ten season.
The conference season began with a quick 2-0 uptick with the overtime win over Indiana on New Year's Eve and the "Flyin Illini" reunion game win over Penn State on January 4th.
The Illini basketball team plays in Minneapolis tonight at historic Williams Arena, a building that has been very good to the Illini in recent years. In fact the Illini have won 10 of their last 12 games in "The Barn". There have been some memorable wins on that list.
There is no doubt the Illini played with terrific effort against the Iowa Hawkeyes this past Saturday night. Even if you dont know everything about basketball you could easily see the Illini left everything out on the floor in an 81-74 loss at State Farm Center.
The Fighting Ilini basketball team has shown signs of developing toughness all season long. In close wins against UNLV and Missouri they especially displayed a courage under fire that is becoming a trademark of the team.
The Fighting Illini basketball team gave #11 Oregon all it wanted on Saturday night at the Moda Center (I still like "Rose Garden" better) but a pair of late (17-4) and ( 13-5) runs by the Ducks gave Oregon a win, a 9-0 record , and a good non-conference win.