We needed that

Tyler Griffey needed those two dagger threes. He was great in Maui -- all six games this season, really -- but he still needed a moment. It's his senior year, and the first three years certainly didn't go as he had planned. Now, in his final go around, it couldn't be going better. Those two back-to-back dagger three pointers were The Moment in this game. From a scary 7 point lead to a solid 13 point lead in what seemed like 15 seconds. Attaboy, Tyler.

DJ Richardson needed this Maui win. He was Big Ten Freshman of the Year three years ago, and then sophomore struggles and more junior struggles. By the middle part of last year, he appeared to be so broken that most of us thought he'd never return. Tonight? He's back. 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and two beautiful baseline drives at key moments in the game that told the world "yes, I'm more than just a three point shooter".

Yes, "the world". It's the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, and millions of people are out and about. Most of them at bars. With flatscreen TV's. Showing ESPN. From Charlotte to Spokane, bros are leaning over to their bros at the bar and saying "hey man, Illinois looks pretty good."

Man did we need that.

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Home: 4-6 | Away: 2-4 | Neutral: 5-3
Record: 11-13 (3-8)
DateOpponentTime
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 DameL 84-79
Sat, Dec 5Western CarolinaW 80-68
Wed, Dec 9YaleW 69-65
Sat, Dec 12UICW 83-79
Sat, Dec 19South DakotaW 91-79
Wed, Dec 23MissouriW 68-63
Wed, Dec 30MichiganL 78-68
Sun, Jan 3@Ohio StateL 75-73
Thu, Jan 7@Michigan StateL 79-54
Sun, Jan 10PurdueW 84-70
Sat, Jan 16NebraskaL 78-67
Tue, Jan 19@IndianaL 103-69
Sat, Jan 23@MinnesotaW 76-71 (OT)
Thu, Jan 28Ohio StateL 68-63 (OT)
Sun, Jan 31WisconsinL 63-55
Wed, Feb 3@RutgersW 110-101 (3OT)
Sun, Feb 7IowaL 77-65
Sat, Feb 13@Northwestern7:00pm BTN
Tue, Feb 16Rutgers8:00pm BTN
Sun, Feb 21@Wisconsin6:30pm BTN
Thu, Feb 25Indiana8:00pm ESPN/2
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