>With a second half ignited by an 18-7 run out of the gates, the Fighting Illini continued their quest to become the 66th greatest team in college basketball by tearing through the Kent State Golden Flashes like they were my club-footed turtle’s AAU team. Okay, so I don’t really have a club-footed turtle, but you get the point. The final in this one Illinois 75, Kent State 58.

Illinois is now in the Elite Eight of the Not Invited Tournament (NIT) with powerhouses such as: Dayton (their opponent on Wednesday), Texas Tech, Mississippi, Virginia Tech, Rhode Island, UAB and North Carolina. Could we have a rematch of the 2004/2005 National Championship game? It would be sweet, sweet revenge to take down those Tar Heels on the Maundy Thursday Championship game.