I'm enjoying this ride, but ultimately, this won't mean much if we can't finish it off with a cup. It's all about that cup.
As a huge Illini fan, this is 100% true. All of the great things that happened with the 05 Basketball team meant nothing because they fell just a few shots short. Same with that 06 Bears team. You can look back fondly, but always with regret. This Hawks season will be the same if they can't win it all.
Yeah, I'm only interested in total team wins, not record on Tuesdays and stuff like that, the Oduya stat is impressive but we all know the Hawks were in dire need of wins late and came through, plus we're undefeated with Brookbank, get back to me in two or three years on something like that. He's played well this year, no doubt, but as I said at the time of the trade, knew and know, he is streaky. We've seen both sides and will again, these guys are who they are. Nevertheless, when the team is playing this well with this determination and focus, it doesn't matter. The core talent and the young guys like Saad, Leddy and Kruger are all too relentless not to make this team consistent. Role players have a simple task, don't make mistakes, just play as solid and conservative as you can.