Overtime losses are hard to watch

Overtime losses are hard to watch

Lou Henson lost his first two Big Ten games in charge of Illinois. So did Gene Bartow. But neither were overtime defeats like the ones Brad Underwood has suffered in his first two league games roaming the Illini sideline. A look at three Big Ten overtime losses in the last decade Illinois would like to forget about:

Dec. 30, 2014

Michigan 73, Illinois 65 (OT)

The regular season finale loss at Purdue and the lackluster showing against Michigan in the Big Ten tournament cost the Illini an NCAA tournament bid. But having little-used freshman Aubrey Dawkins light up the Illini for 20 points in Ann Arbor wasn't a good look to start the Big Ten season.

Jan. 28, 2012

Minnesota 77, Illinois 72 (OT)

A late lead fizzled at the Barn, a microcosm of how the final season under Bruce Weber went. It started out with high hopes — a 10-0 start — but this loss in Minneapolis continued the downward trajectory the program was on. The Illini went on to lose nine of their last 11 games and missed out on any postseason play.

Feb. 7, 2008

Indiana 83, Illinois 79 (2OT)

The Eric Gordon game. Sigh. The one-time Illini commit made his only trip to Champaign, leaving with 19 points and a win after two overtimes took place in front of a sold-out, passionate crowd at then-Assembly Hall. Illinois dropped to 10-14 that season after losing to Indiana in Champaign for the first time since 1999.