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The last time Arizona and Illinois played, the Fighting Illini staged a late comeback that stunned the Wildcats and denied them a berth in the 2005 Final Four.
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JDK

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Dec 4, 2006
 
I thought this was a pathetic game. Not by the Illini who shot %50 against a team some have touted as final four material, but by the officials who whistled Illinois for 37 fouls shots to their own paltry 9. How do we get this kind of inequity? It sickened me to see a team take the lead on free-throws shot on mostly touch fouls, if some were fouls at all. The officiating not only negated the Illini defense by bailing out AZ on erratic shots, but it slowed down the flow of the offense and totally prevented Illinois transition game. It was a sad display.
beth

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Dec 5, 2006
 
I totally agree with you. the disparity in the foul calling was unbelievable. at one point, i honestly just stopped watching because it seemed inhumane. on the bright side, the illini looked okay, even without their two best players. with randle and smith their defense should pick up (let's face it, mcbride is really slow), and their offense shoudl run a littl emore smoothly. still, neutral court? i doubt it.

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