D'Angelo Russell. Melo Trimble. James Blackmon Jr.
"It's not about coming close."
Chris Collins gave his own little spin on the old "there are no moral victories" line Wednesday night, and the Northwestern head coach has a valid point.
How the Illini fill the void left by the injured Rayvonte Rice will continue to be the season's biggest storyline.
EVANSTON — John Groce couldn't hammer it home enough.
It didn't seem like Northwestern — which entered Sunday averaging 64.3 points per game, the second-lowest mark in the Big Ten — was going to be able to hang with Michigan State.