Exactly ten years ago, Illinois pulled off a comeback for the ages against Arizona. The Illini (starring a Deron Williams, Luther Head, Dee Brown trio) trailed 75-60 with four minutes left before a barrage of steals and threes got them back into the game. D-Will knotted things at 80 in the closing seconds, and his squad pulled away in overtime.
The ridiculous win sent Illinois to the Final Four, where they knocked off Louisville before falling to Raymond Felton’s Tar Heels in the title game.
We can only hope for similar magic this weekend.