Illini Wonk
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
  Can they run the table?
When Big Ten Wonk asked this question here, it was in reference to the Nittany Lions and said that they might not win a conference game all season. Tonight against the Illini will not be their best chance for a win. The Illini are still undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation and would have to be pretty bad to lose to Penn State.

Since, as usual, the game is not televised on national TV, I will be following it online while I watch Kansas play at Iowa State. Here's the link to gametracker.

In his preview of tonight's game, a writer for Penn State's newspaper wrote (here):

It doesn't seem fair, having that much talent in one backcourt.

Penn State has for much of the season struggled to trot two healthy starting guards onto the floor. Illinois has three who could easily wind up first-team All-Big Ten selections.
Need a bucket? A steal? An assist? Pick one.

No. 1 Illinois (16-0), two wins away from its best start ever, is loaded at every position, but the Fighting Illini who figure to do the most damage when the shorthanded Nittany Lions visit Assembly Hall on Wednesday are senior Luther Head and juniors Dee Brown and Deron Williams, the nation's best backcourt and maybe the best guard trio in conference history.

Illinois game notes are here.
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