Rematch! Illini vs. Arizona in Region Final
Some late heroics from Salim Stoudamire set up a rematch of the 2001 regional final for this Saturday in Chicago. That was one of the toughest losses for Illini Wonk to swallow as Illinois was called for what seemed like 100 fouls and one more would have likely forced them to send in their trainer.
According to your votes on the latest Illini Wonk poll, two thirds of you said this is the team you wanted to face. Illini Wonk agrees, not because Arizona will be easy (they won't), but because Illinois has not matched up well with mobile big men this year like Alando Tucker, Matt Sylvester or Joah Tucker and likely would've had trouble with the Oklahoma State big men.
Bonus Illini Wonk Pleasant Thought of the Day: Coaches Bobby Knight and Bruce Pearl lose on the same day that Illinois advances to the Elite 8. That's a pretty good day!