By Larry Smith/IlliniGuys.com
It’s been 26 years since a team ran through February and March unblemished on their way to the NCAA championship. So much that it’s a rite of passage; every eventual champion stumbles late in the season. Better to do it sooner than later.
5th ranked Illinois fell behind early and never recovered in an 81-72 loss to a Michigan State team that played like a squad desperate to add to a thin NCAA tournament resume.
The Illini (16-6, 12-4) took an early 5-0 lead on a Trent Frazier three . . .
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