Sunday, November 23, 2008

Movin' On

There's not much to say about the Illini loss at Northwestern this weekend. For the most part, the Illini didn't seem to be at Ryan Field. Not sure where they were, but let's hope they show up next year, ready to play.

It's always disappointing to see a team fail to reach their potential, and Illini football fans had a front row seat for that this year. There were bright spots -- especially the emergence of the wide recievers and the win in Ann Arbor. It will be interesting to see what will happen next year.

But the end of the football season depressed me, so let's move on. The Illini women's soccer team fell to North Carolina in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, but the volleyball team won at home on senior night (barely) to secure at least a tie for third place in the Big Ten. Men's golf finisted the fall portion of the season at #6 in the nation.

And Bruce and his boys are off to a surprisingly promising start. The Jackson State game today was a stat-stuffer, with the Illini shooting over 60% during the competitive part of the game. Mike Davis didn't miss a basket in the first half. The Illini are making free throws. Most baskets come with an assist. The biggest lapse for the Illini was the offensive rebounds they allowed Jackson State to secure, and that will become a bigger issue as the competition gets tougher. But early on, there's lots of promise for a better-than-average season. So let's move on..

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