Posterity may remember Saturday’s contest with the Coyotes of South Dakota. More likely, posterity will forget it.
Illinois ran out to a 14-0 lead thanks to four USD turnovers, including steals from Jaylon Tate and Malcolm Hill. From that point forward, the Coyotes outscored the Illini by two.
The player of the game might have been Khalid Lewis, who consistently put his teammates in good position to score. Or it might have been Michael Finke, who continues to be super entertaining to watch.
But Malcolm Hill scored a career-high 34 to go with 11 rebounds and five assists. So there’s really no argument.
Frank Williams’s son Da’Monte watched from the first row with his mother, Tanejah Branson. Paris Parham pointed them out to Dee Brown, who duly sauntered over to welcome Williams to the Illini family.
Lots of people used the F word, and Illinois improved to 7-and-5 on the year. It went like this.