Minnesota played an incredible game and beat Indiana in front of what was essentially a home crowd of Indiana fanatics. It is all the more satisfying to see both Indiana and Purdue LOSE in Indianapolis.
The Minnesota / Indiana game went down to the wire with the lead changing and an incredible last minute shot. Why the heck weren't the Big Ten games this exciting during the regular season?
I don't have a good perspective on this year because once the Illini started falling apart I stopped watching most of the college basketball games, although I did tune in for the NC / Duke game which was well played although I wish for a pox on both teams (NC because they beat the Illini for the national championship a few years back, and Duke for being Duke).
Basically the Illini collapse this year saved me hours and hours of time following them and now I can jump right in like Mr. Bandwagon and see if they surge through the tournament. It is a long shot but less and less of a longshot; I don't know the odds (Dan probably does) but the Illini are probably being given a pretty good shot against an exhausted Minnesota team (they played later in the day). If the Illini win then at least their season will come down to 1 game (the finals).
And if the Illini make the tournament, I am sure they'd be a running joke, due to their record. But whomever gets to play them likely wouldn't be so happy, because for a 16th seed (I assume they'd have to be that low with their record) their opponent (#1 seed) would be facing probably the best playing and hottest 16th seed from an actual program in history.
But, of course, I am getting way ahead of myself.