The scene could not have been more picturesque last night in Champaign-Urbana.
ESPN analysts and equipment swarmed the campus of Illinois. Fans in a near-capacity Assembly Hall wore their brightest shade of orange. The guests of honor were none other than former coach Lou Henson and his wife Mary.
Former Illini greats such as Kenny Battle and Stephen Bardo were also in attendance to watch their coach's legacy raised to the rafters during a halftime celebration.
Then came the game.
The Fighting Illini upstaged No. 5 Ohio State 79-74 behind the support of a remarkable former coach, the pride of former players and over 15,000 orange-clad fans.
Here are four takeaways from last night's game.