Suddenly, The Fun Is Back For Illini Basketball

Iowa v IllinoisToday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Late Monday morning, my buddy Danny was preparing to board a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago when he spotted a familiar face outside his gate at LAX.

Bill Murray’s.

A Deerfield native and a proud University of Illinois alum, Danny approached Murray – the famous Wilmette native who proudly cheered on Illinois during the school’s 2005 Final Four run – and introduced himself as an Illini grad.

“We just beat Michigan State,” Murray replied.

Before his flight departed, Danny texted me the news of his fun exchange with the comedy icon. Which seemed so fitting, as the fun is back for Fighting Illini basketball.

For now, at least. But also, I’d argue, for the future.

At 6 p.m. tonight, Illinois will host 12th-ranked Michigan at State Farm Center in what’s suddenly become a huge game – and an even bigger opportunity for the Illini.

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