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: 6-0 | Away: 0-1 | Neutral: 2-2
Record: 8-3
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 14Georgia SouthernW 80-71
Sun, Nov 16Coppin StateW 114-56
Fri, Nov 21Austin PeayW 107-66
Mon, Nov 24BrownW 89-68
Thu, Nov 27Indiana StateW 88-62
Fri, Nov 28BaylorW 62-54
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Sat, Dec 6AmericanW 70-55
Tue, Dec 9VillanovaL 73-59
Sat, Dec 13OregonL 77-70
Wed, Dec 17HamptonW 73-55
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Wed, Jan 14at Northwestern8:00pm BTN
Sun, Jan 18Indiana12:00pm BTN
Wed, Jan 21Purdue8:00pm BTN
Sat, Jan 24at Minnesota1:15pm BTN
Sat, Jan 31Penn State12:00pm BTN
Tue, Feb 3Rutgers8:30pm BTN
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Sun, Feb 22Michigan State6:30pm BTN
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Sat, Mar 7at Purdue3:30pm BTN
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Record: 6-6 (3-5)
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Sat, Aug 30Youngstown StateW 28-17
Sat, Sep 6Western KentuckyW 42-34
Sat, Sep 13at WashingtonL 44-19
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