…Find out what it means to Dee. Ok, sorry for the corny opening, but it’s time for some respect for the best team in the nation. Wake Forest? Not anymore, after an absolute blowout at the hands of my Fighting Illini. It’s time that people see how good and complete this team really is. With the best backcourt in the nation (yes, I said best in the nation) and a front court featuring an underrated yet agile James Augustine and Roger Powell, it’s hard to see how someone can beat this team right now.

After the last game, when we beat Gonzaga, I thought that maybe the Zags were overrated and Illinois just shot well. All day I was thinking about the big game tonight. I worried about it. It’s not very often your team gets a chance to play the # 1 team in the land on your home court. I hoped and prayed they wouldn’t come out flat. Instead, they did nothing but whomp on Wake. Here are some highlights:

  • 91 points scored on the # 1 team in the nation

  • Held Wake to 39.7% shooting
  • Had 28 team assists
  • Shot 55% from the field
  • Shot 42% from 3 pt (11-26)
  • 1st win over a # 1 team since beating Magic Johnson’s Mich. St. 1979 team
  • Coach Weber’s Bright Orange Suit (ugly, but blinded the opposition)

Hopefully now, when the polls come out, Illinois will get the R-E-S-P-E-C-T they so richly deserve.

Last Game: # 5 Illinois 91 – # 1 Wake Forest 73
Next Game: Saturday @ Arkansas
Season Record: 5-0

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail