Originally posted on The Mid-Majority  |  Last updated 11/15/11
Game #8-029: SIU Edwardsville Cougars at Illinois Fighting Illini November 14, 2011 8:30 pmAssembly HallBBState Stats/RecapHeading into SIUE's game Monday at the University of Illinois I will admit I did not have much hope for the Cougars. SIUE was sloppy in its two exhibition games, but still won each comfortably by 14 points. Illinois was a bit different from MacMurray and Blackburn. After all, this was the "House of Paign" or so the video board and banners on the tunnel outside of the locker room told us. Last year, SIUE lost three games to Big Ten opponents including a 61-point spanking at Iowa. In 2009, SIUE felt the pain and lost 96-69 in this very arena. I hoped this night would be different and in some degree it was. I have always hated Illinois. Growing up in this state I have seen a lot of orange over the years. Those stupid chief shirts are everywhere, even on the campus of SIUE, which is a two-and-a-half hour drive from Champaign/Urbana. I never really understood that. ...
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