You never forget the journey, and I think as you get older, you realize these things more and more. The entire season, so far, of Illini basketball has been one of the best ever, but the past couple of weeks have been truly special. Those of us who are old enough, and those of us who are passionate about the Fighting Illini, remember 1988-1989 and 2004-05 like it happened recently. We watch the old footage all the time, at least I do. And now it's time to add 2020-2021 to the list.

You know what was disappointing about Sunday's hard-fought overtime win over Ohio State? We got no time to enjoy it as fans. Our televisions were immediately moved to the NCAA Tournament Selection Show once the game was over. The Selection Show came on the air late (the horrors!) on CBS, with network executives and NCAA suits freaking out behind the scenes I'm sure.

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