Paul joins the club

Has there ever been an Illinois basketball season with so many game-winning shots? Thursday’s dagger by Brandon Paul was the fourth of its kind this season. The previous three:

Illinois 78, Hawaii 77
D.J. Richardson drained a three-pointer at the overtime buzzer, capping a comeback from a 16-point second-half deficit in a game that finished at 2 a.m. C-U time.
“That’s how Coach set it up,” Richardson said. “Tracy found me in the corner and I knocked down the shot.”

Illinois 63, Gardner-Webb 62
Tyler Griffey drained an NBA-range three-pointer with 4.4 seconds remaining to throw 12,565 fans into a frenzy at the Assembly Hall as the Illini (7-0) stayed perfect.
“Brandon (Paul) made a great read, great pass. I knew it was good as soon as I let it go.”

Illinois 74, Indiana 72
In perhaps the greatest inbounds play in school history, Griffey snuck behind the top-ranked Hoosiers with 0.9 second remaining for a wide-open layup at the buzzer, luring hundreds of fans onto the court in a wild celebration.
“I was happy for the seniors,” John Groce said. “Some of the things that were going through my mind, to be honest with you, are kind of personal in nature. One of them, for sure, was the fact that I was really happy for those guys.”

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Moonpie wrote on March 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Face it, Cheerleading Gazoo--they played lousy and struggled to beat a team on a losing streak. A last shot win over Indiana isn't likely if Illinois continues to shoot so poorly minus an inside game.

tominator wrote on March 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Congrats on a great game and beating a tough team, Minny.

Wow, Moonpie, why don't you giving it a rest for once? Being  jerk I mean.

Minny is a good team; going to the NCAA, and they pounded us in Champaign. They have bulk inside and made shots in the second half.

Now beat IU. They're overrated and you beat them once already.

Illini 1st wrote on March 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Saw Illinois 74, Indiana 72, thought it was a prediction!

 

What the heck, that's what I predict for tomorrow. 

 

Great win today, guys! We WILL go to the big tournament even if only 6 go from B1G. This is officially a great season and you kids are Illini heroes for life. We got us a coach too.

 

Remember the prediction? "Illini picked to finish 9th in Big Ten." How did that work out?!

 

Go Illini! Where's my orange tie?

Railsplitter wrote on March 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm

You shouldn't be too hard on Moonpie. I've heard he's a pretty good egg, but then we all know where eggs come from.

Grumpy cat wrote on March 15, 2013 at 10:03 am
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As fashionable as it seems to jump on the anti moonpie bandwagon, he is exactly right. Illinois played against a team that has struggled mightily as of late.  In addition, Illinois receives the gift of some very questionable coaching decisions by MN.  And with all that, it still came down to the last shot for Illinois to win. Lets hope that Illinois has knocked the rust off because Indiana will not be as gentle.