Illini Season Already A Success? It’s Looking Like It

Today’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) By the end of that ugly Big Ten basketball tilt in Iowa City on Tuesday night, the only thing more plentiful among the Illini than missed shots was their disappointment.

John Groce was disappointed.

“I’m disappointed in the way we came out both halves, especially with older guys out there. Very disappointed,” the Illinois basketball coach said after his team shot a season-low 28.6 percent and lost 63-55.

Brandon Paul was disappointed.

“It’s really disappointing, but we can’t dwell on it. We can’t get it back. We can’t go back in time. Obviously, we’ve got to figure out what it is we need to do better,” the Illini’s leading scorer added.

And most Illini fans were surely disappointed, too.

But disappointment is far from the dominant feeling that I’m experiencing right now, even if few things can dampen an Illinoisan’s mood more quickly than losing to the Hawkeyes. That’s because, from my vantage point, there are even fewer things that can truly dampen this Illini season – even if Illinois ends up leaving March Madness like a lamb.

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