After Illinois' blazing start out of the gates, highlighted by wins over Butler and Gonzaga, Illini nation became the most excited they have been in years. Even after a loss at Purdue, the Fighting Illini came home and easily handled Ohio State, restoring fans' faith in John Groce and this Illini program.
Following consecutive double-figure losses last week, however, panic time may be setting in for this year's team. Minnesota and Wisconsin were the two opponents that defeated the Illini, which in itself is nothing to hang your head over.
Illinois hung around with Minnesota before losing by a score that really wasn't indicative of the game. Wisconsin, on the other hand, jumped out on the Illini early and often in Madison. With upcoming games against Northwestern and Nebraska, Illinois needs to get back to its winning ways and fast.
If the Illini can get back to 3-3 in conference play and play .500 basketball the rest of the season, they should be confident that they will hear their name called on Selection Sunday. In order for that to happen though, some changes need to be made.