Once again, the Illini fought a good fight, but they finally suffered a knockout blow.
Francisco Garcia couldn't answer Deron Williams' questions. Now he'll have to answer the one about the NBA draft.
At 36-1 and No. 1 almost all season, Illinois didn't come this far not to take the whole thing.
Roy Williams started it all. Bill Self and Bruce Weber filled in behind. Now all three have title contenders.
A day after his mother died, Illinois coach Bruce Weber was back engaging in the family business. And his team was certainly overjoyed to see it.
For seven star-kissed weeks, being No. 1 was a lark for Illinois. Not any more.