Saturday was a pretty perfect microcosm of the Illini's season.
When the 3-pointers are falling, it's all good. When they're not, it's mostly bad.
The Illini are kicking off Big Ten play against some real riled-up fan bases.
Call it the Jim Harbaugh effect or just call it hot shooting, Michigan was a different team Tuesday afternoon, and that was bad news for the Illini.
Forget the fact that Michigan has stumbled its way to a 7-5 record to open its season because none of that is going to be on anyone's mind come Tuesday afternoon's conference opener in Ann Arbor.
The non-conference season is in the books.