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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2017 Illini Football Schedule

DateOpponentTime/TV
Sat, Sept 2Ball State11:00am BTN
Sat, Sept 9Western Kentucky7:00pm BTN
Fri, Sept 15@USF6:00pm ESPN
Fri, Sept 29Nebraska7:00pm FS1
Sat, Oct 7@Iowa11:00am
Sat, Oct 14Rutgers 
Sat, Oct 21@Minnesota2:30pm or
3:00pm
Sat, Oct 28Wisconsin
(Homecoming)
11:00am
Sat, Nov 4@Purdue 
Sat, Nov 11Indiana 
Sat, Nov 18@Ohio State 
Sat, Nov 25Northwestern 
All times CT

2017-2018 Illini Basketball Schedule

DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 10Southern 
Sun, Nov 12Tennessee-Martin 
Fri, Nov 17DePaul 
Sun, Nov 19Marshall 
Wed, Nov 22Augustana 
Fri, Nov 24North Carolina Central 
Tue, Nov 28@Wake Forest 
Fri, Dec 1@Northwestern 
Sun, Dec 3Maryland 
Wed, Dec 6Austin Peay 
Sat, Dec 9@UNLV
(Las Vegas, NV)
 
Wed, Dec 13Longwood  
Sat, Dec 16New Mexico State
(Chicago, IL)
 
Sat, Dec 23Missouri
(St. Louis, MO)
 
Sat, Dec 30Grand Canyon 
Wed, Jan 3@Minnesota 
Sat, Jan 6@Michigan 
Thu, Jan 11Iowa 
Mon, Jan 15@Nebraska 
Fri, Jan 19@Wisconsin 
Mon, Jan 22Michigan State 
Wed, Jan 24Indiana 
Tue, Jan 30Rutgers 
Sun, Feb 4@Ohio State 
Thu, Feb 8Wisconsin 
Sun, Feb 11Penn State 
Wed, Feb 14@Indiana 
Sun, Feb 18Nebraska 
Tue, Feb 20@Michigan State 
Thu, Feb 22Purdue 
Sun, Feb 25@Rutgers 
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