When was the last time Illinois Basketball had a "hey, this team might actually be good!" sort of win? Not a desperation late season dead cat bounce, not a random upset, not mashing a cupcake, but a genuinely impressive optimism-inducing performance?
For my money it was November 28, 2014 when we beat Baylor in Vegas where we were just too tough and pugnacious for an extremely big and physical team. A great Ray Rice performance. That night was probably the peak of my Groce optimism. And was followed by our most recent appearance in the Top 25.
Of course, that proved to be the season where we just quit at the end of the year against Michigan in the BTT and Alabama in the NIT.
That's going on FOUR YEARS AGO. Just to find a game where you could feel a little bit of hope. That is why we are how we are. This fanbase has forgotten than winning is a thing.