Playing football powerhouse Alabama in the NIT on Tuesday night, perhaps it was fitting that the Illini's margin of defeat could be measured in touchdowns.
Missing the NCAA tournament for the second straight season is most definitely a disappointment for the Illini.
But that doesn't mean there isn't basketball still to be played.
The Illini didn't get an invite to the tournament everyone wants to play in, but they will be playing this postseason.
The University of Illinois began spring football on Saturday, and while the team enjoyed being back out on the field, the biggest news for Fighting Illini football on Saturday came off the field.
It hasn’t been the season that Michigan expected.