It's about the Illini Nation
On his blog, the chronicler of Illinois Basketball, Mark Tupper, says tonight's game is about Illinois' fans
. He writes: I think the best storyline of them all is the long-time, hard-core Illini fans. I don’t think the national media has any idea what a fiercely loyal, sometimes-tortured group this is. Maybe it’s always fun and free-wheeling to be an Illini fan. But my perception is that it’s often a difficult, painful job that too often tests a person’s fortitude and willingness to stay the course
Also, Andy Katz has what it would mean for Illinois to win the championship
. Are ya gettin' nervous yet?