Saturday, January 15, 2005

Best Start in School History! (Big Ten Victory #4)

What a way to celebrate 100 years of Illinois basketball! With a 78-66 win against Northwestern in Evanston Saturday, Illinois' record improves to 18-0. Best start in school history!

Luther Head had an outstanding game, scoring 26 points...Illinitalk's guess is that he was out to prove himself in his hometown of Chicago. He is certainly making a case for the NBA scouts as he remains focused on leading Illinois to another Big Ten championship and the Final Four. Illinitalk always liked Luther's game and now that he's put it all together, he's even more fun to watch.

Not to be overlooked, the Rev had 15 points and Dee Brown had 12 points.

Most pleasant surprise of the game:
Nick Smith's strong play off the bench. His eight points, two rebounds and an assist showed Illinitalk he hasn't written off contributing this season after going through a rough stretch.

Biggest frustrations:
Big Ten refs, Deron Williams still not finding his shot and Rich McBride having a rough game.

Just how good is this team? When it has two guards struggling it still wins by 12 on the road in the Big Ten. Not bad!

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