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There had to be a big smile on the face of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany on Friday night!
Michigan State upset Duke, and Wisconsin rallied from a 30-21 halftime deficit to knock off NC State. What a glorious moment for Big Ten basketball, placing three teams in the Elite Eight. For much of this season, the Big Ten was assailed as a league of mediocrity. Friday night was a shining one for the league.
Originally posted by TRD
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And then, as Illinois honk and good-luck mascot Bill Murray once said in "Stripes," depression set in.
This time -- and a dazed Illini coach Bruce Weber still isn't sure why he's headed to St. Louis and the Final Four -- it is Arizona taking the next flight home, courtesy of their U of I travel agents and, quite simply, a comeback for the ages.
Illinois' march to the arch was made possible Saturday evening by a 90-89 overtime win that belongs in the same team photo as Duke's NCAA Regional final victory against Kentucky 13 years ago. Sure, it lacked a Christian Laettner turnaround jumper at the buzzer, but not much else.