It seems everyone saw this one coming except, perhaps,
But it's hard to imagine his presence would have made for a much more exciting finish. With six minutes to go, the Hilltoppers were up 68-51. Over the next five-plus minutes, the Illini whittled the margin to three and then, within 9 seconds, to two before junior guard
Before the game, the Hilltoppers got encouraging text messages from players on last year's Sweet 16 team, including Orlando Magic guard
For the Hilltoppers to make it to their second-consecutive Sweet 16, they have to get by another non-mid-major mid-major, Gonzaga, a team Brenneman said has "all the ingredients of a national champion." Keeping the 'Zags off the glass, stopping them in transition and handling their press will be a good start.