A few months ago I wrote about how the Illini basketball team was pretty mediocre this year. Of course they then go on to win 12 out of 13 games and made my expert analysis look pretty foolish.
My big beef back then was the lack of a strong frontline. But it has become pretty apparent that most college teams lack a strong frontline. Talented post players are such a hot commodity, very few are staying in, or even entering college.
But the college game still has a lot of talented guards, and Illinois has three of them. And it may be a cliché to say that guard play will lead you to success in the NCAA tourney, but it seems truer today than it ever was. St. Joe’s has the best guard combo in the country and their team sure looked formidable last night. Let’s hope the Illini are just as formidable tonight.