Wednesday, January 03, 2007


I can't believe I am going to say this, but tonight's game at Michigan is a virtual must-win game for the Illini. I hate saying this since it is only the first Big Ten Conference game. Apparently, Lindsey Willhite of the Daily Herald is thinking the same thing.

Illinois' first six games are going to present a major challenge and winning against Michigan is very important when you look at what follows: Home vs. Ohio State, Home vs. Iowa, At Michigan State, At Minnesota, Home vs. Wisconsin. Despite being at Assembly Hall, Ohio State and Wisconsin will be very tough games for this team. Winning at Michigan State is a major challenge and Illinois almost always seems to struggle playing at Minnesota.

Thus, the importance of the Michigan game is magnified. Illinois has never lost three games in a row since Bruce Weber has been coach but that will be a very real possibility if they don't beat Michigan tonight. I don't believe that a loss to Ohio State is a given but Illinois has yet to show this year that they are capable of beating a team like that, which is a concern. So let's get the win tonight and then go from there.

Finally, if you want to know what the Tribune and Sun-Times have to say about the Illini, check out the articles here and here.

Until later, GO ILLINI!!!

P.S. Sorry if this post seems a bit on the gloomy side. It may still be the frustration from the Xavier game coming out...

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