Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/14/11
It’s rather ironic when you think about it. Last year’s Illini basketball team entered the year with exceedingly high expectations; the theme was last dance for a talented senior trio. This year’s team entered with zero expectations. The theme was rebuilding and re-establishing. Yet, if it were somehow possible to get the two teams to play each other I’d pick this year’s squad every single time. For argument sake, the game would have to be with a cloned subset of the players who were on both teams, I mean 2011 Meyers Leonard would be on the roster of last year’s team and 2012 Meyers Leonard would be on this year’s team. And I still think last year’s squad had more overall talent; but this year’s squad has much more heart and the ability to handle both success and failure. As we head into the annual Illini home away from home game at the United Center, I can’t help but think of how ridiculous it was that the Illini, ranked 12th in the nation at the time, actually lost to UIC there...
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