But with that out of the way, FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN. Watching this game was so much fun. As I said on Twitter, the only time I can remember being dumbfounded by a first half of Illini basketball was the Gonzaga game in the Wooden Classic in late 2004. For me, that was my "wow, this team is pretty incredible" moment. We had a hint in the Cincy tournament game, and we saw it in action against the #1 team in the land against Wake Forest, but that Gonzaga first half was something else.

This USC first half was something else. No, we're not going to make 11 shots in a row again this season. But it wasn't just the shots. It was the defense. And the passing. And the hustle. And the determination. And the smiles on their faces. And the togetherness. And the relentlessness. (And the 57 points.)

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2015-2016 Illini Basketball Schedule

Home: 0-0 | Away: 0-1 | Neutral: 3-3
Record: 3-4 (0-0)
Fri, Nov 13North FloridaL 93-81
Sun, Nov 15North Dakota StateW 80-74
Wed, Nov 18@ProvidenceL 60-59
Sat, Nov 21ChattanoogaL 81-77
Mon, Nov 23Chicago StateW 82-79
Fri, Nov 27UABW 72-58
Sat, Nov 28Iowa StateL 84-73
Wed, Dec 2Notre Dame
(B1G/ACC Challenge)
8:15pm ESPN2
Sat, Dec 5Western Carolina2:00pm ESPN3
Wed, Dec 9Yale7:00pm ESPN3
Sat, Dec 12UIC
(Chicago, IL)
1:00pm ESPN3
Sat, Dec 19South Dakota2:00pm ESPN3
Wed, Dec 23Missouri
(St. Louis, MO)
6:00pm ESPN2
Wed, Dec 30Michigan2:00pm ESPN2
Sun, Jan 3@Ohio State4:00pm BTN
Thu, Jan 7@Michigan State 
Sun, Jan 10Purdue 
Sat, Jan 16Nebraska1:30pm BTN
Tue, Jan 19@Indiana6:00pm ESPN
Sat, Jan 23@Minnesota 
Thu, Jan 28Ohio State8:00pm BTN
Sun, Jan 31Wisconsin6:30pm BTN
Wed, Feb 3@Rutgers5:30pm BTN
Sun, Feb 7Iowa12:00pm BTN
Sat, Feb 13@Northwestern7:00pm BTN
Tue, Feb 16Rutgers8:00pm BTN
Sun, Feb 21@Wisconsin 
Thu, Feb 25Indiana8:00pm ESPN/2
Sun, Feb 28Minnesota 
Thu, Mar 3@Maryland6:00pm ESPN/2
Sun, Mar 6@Penn State11:00am BTN
All times CT.

2015 Illini Football Results

Home: 4-2 | Away: 1-4 | Neutral: 0-1
Record: 5-7 (2-6)
Fri, Sep 4Kent StateW 52-3
Sat, Sep 12Western IllinoisW 44-0
Sat, Sep 19at North CarolinaL 48-14
Sat, Sep 26Middle TennesseeW 27-25
Sat, Oct 3NebraskaW 14-13
Sat, Oct 10at IowaL 29-20
Sat, Oct 24WisconsinL 24-13
Sat, Oct 31at Penn StateL 39-0
Sat, Nov 7at PurdueW 48-14
Sat, Nov 14Ohio StateL 28-3
Sat, Nov 21at MinnesotaL 32-23
Sat, Nov 28NorthwesternL 24-14
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