The spin from coach Bruce Weber and the Illini is that it was good to have to win a tough game
, which I agree with to an extent, but it's also good to have everyone afraid of you. I think the Illini will still inspire fear, but they've shown a chink in their armor. Linas Kleiza was a little too mobile for Augustine and a little too big for Powell and that led to a 25-point night for the Missouri forward.
I might have to go review some game tape to find out why we were so effective against Gonzaga's Ronny Turiaf
, but had so much trouble with Kleiza. We could be vulnerable to a good power forward.
However, the end result was still a "W" for Illinois in their border war with Missouri and the Illini are the boast of the town