Well, three of the best weeks in sports are about to get underway, and I have to stop for just a minute and recognize how vastly improved we are this year under Coach Groce, and thank him for not leaving me a nervous wreck for my flight today; just to know that we're into the tournament, regardless of seed, is a somewhat comforting thought.
Take a look at just the cold, hard statistics from last year to this season:
Not to mention the not-so-nervous-paced Selection Sunday. Whether you'd like to admit it or not, even looking at the simplest of stats shows you that John Groce has the players bought into his system, and it's working. Sure, last year was one of Bruce Weber's worst in Champaign, but it's nice to see such dramatic increases after only one season of Groce. Can't wait to see where we're going to be seeded, it'll be a fun tournament to be sure!