Illini Wonk
Thursday, February 16, 2006
  Illini get the Win
It was pretty ugly at times, but the Illinois Fighting Illini managed to beat the Northwestern Wildcats, 63-47 in a game that Brett Dawson said wasn't all that fun to watch.

Illini Wonk agrees. After the game, Mrs. Wonk (who didn't see any of it) asked how bad Illinois lost. When I gave her a perplexed look and told her that Illinois in fact won the game, she said that I was complaining so much that she thought we were losing.

The reason I was complaining is this: the other team looked similar to the last five I faced in a YMCA pick-up game, except they were a little less sweaty. Despite that fact, Illinois was tied with 15 and a half minutes remaining and didn't put the game on ice until there was less than five minutes on the clock.

One thing is for certain: the Illini will have to play far better than this if they hope to beat Iowa at home or Michigan State (or even Minnesota) on the road. At times, Illinois has looked like a great team, but not during the last three games.

On his blog, Mark Tupper said that Illinois has some of its worst stretches after building a nice lead. Illinitalk says the Illini need to find their killer instinct.
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