Evanston Fail Started Last Summer

Echoing sentiments of the Illini Nation:  This is beyond old. Illinois lost another close game to Northwestern, 71-70 , in a familiar refrain of unforced turnovers, missed shots, and lost opportunities.  As we’ve been saying, for over a month now – the next time these Illini when a close game will be the first time since mid-November.  You remember that one, right?  Overtime win against Maryland on Nov. 19…

Now we’re looking like another bubble team heading towards March.  Decatur’s Mark Tupper opines Illinois might need a 5-3 regular season finish to make it, which would mean stealing one on the road and beating Purdue at home.  To me, that doesn’t seem likely.  4-4 would equal a 9-9 conference record.  Then we’d need to see maybe two wins in the Big 10 tournament to avoid another NIT appearance.  And that might be asking too much.  To paraphrase the lyricist:  Well, how did we get here? Continue reading