9:00 PM ET, December 23, 2003
Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Bruce Weber needed this one.Barely into his first season at Illinois (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP), Weber was growing weary of comparisons to Bill Self, who left the Illini for Kansas after last season. Tuesday's 71-70 win over Missouri (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today/No. 11 AP) in the annual neutral-site "Braggin' Rights" game will help quiet the critics.
I learned firsthand why this is one of the premier nonconference rivalries in America.
Illinois raced out to a 21-point lead in the first half, but coach Quin Snyder's Tigers never gave up. Missouri made a major adjustment to contain Illini point guard Dee Brown in the second half.
In the end, though, coach Bruce Weber's Illini came away with a big 71-70 victory. One of the unsung heroes for the Illini was Nick Smith. More...
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