In Lost Season, Illini Freshmen Providing Hope

My Feb. 13 column from CBS Chicago

Nunn(CBS) Well, so much for any chance of seeing the Streaking Illini.

Instead, during its first chance to string back-to-back victories together in more than a month, the Illinois basketball team saw its defense stripped naked by Nebraska’s Shavon Shields on Wednesday night. And then after halftime, its offense seemingly wandered off into the cornfields around Lincoln of an eventual 67-58 loss.

Perhaps it didn’t want to watch the defense either.

Here’s to hoping that both the offense and defense make up and find their collective way back to Champaign for Saturday’s game against Ohio State. Although, with the Illini now just 14-11 overall and 3-9 in the Big Ten, this frustrating season has undoubtedly reached the point where everything is much more about the future than it is about the present.

That’s something that even John Groce seems to have accepted.

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