(Dailyillini.com) -- We've all had time to let it sit for a couple of weeks now. Yeah, I'm talking about Illinois' first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament. I've said all season long the Fighting Illini needed to win at least one game in the postseason this year in order to deem the season a success.
Brace yourself. I'm about to do something no columnist should ever do: change my mind.
None of us really knew what to expect entering the 2008-'09 basketball season. The previous season had just been so gosh-darn awful that expectations were inescapably low.
Entering the season, and after it was discovered that Jamar Smith had been released by the program, I thought Illinois might be able to squeak out 20 total victories.
This year's team was obviously more of a success than a failure, especially when compared to the 19-loss team of 2007-'08.
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