Illini Wonk
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
  Where's the D?
Since the game against Longwood wasn't televised, I only have the written reports to go on. Most sites are carrying the AP story written by Jim Paul with a variety of headlines. Here's some examples:

CBS Sportsline: No. 1 Illinois takes care of business against Longwood Illinois uses second-half surge to beat Longwood

Yahoo!: Illinois Struggles to 105-79 Win Over Longwood

SI: (1) Illinois 105, Longwood 79

The local media came through with some more perspective and almost universally blamed Illinois' lack of defensive intensity for the closer than expected margin. Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald & Review said Illinois didn't play good defense. The article from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Loius Post-Dispatch was headlined with: Expected rout is slow to develop for Illini. In the article, Dee Brown, who had 13 assists, said "We played terrible, we looked bad, kind of embarrassing." The Chicago Tribune headline read Orange crush? Make it a blush. The Chicago Sun-Times was emblazoned with Self-deprecating foe no joke for Illini John Supinie of the Peoria Journal-Star talked more about the Illini's weak defense here.

In his blog, Tupper has some more on the game and said that the Cincy game will tell a lot.

UPDATE: Some other publications put a nicer spin on the game for the Illini. The South Bend Tribune wrote No. 1 Illinois rolls. As for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, their opinion was that No. 1 Illinois coasts.
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