Illinois lost to the best team in the country today, 4-0. Illinois did not win the NCAA Championship, but getting to the final probably tasted pretty sweet to these Illini.
They were left for dead after Ohio State pummeled them in the regular season. But they got up, dusted themselves off, reached the Big Ten final (where they once again lost to Ohio State) and then scrapped their way to the NCAA finals.
Georgia's team reminds me of the 2003 Illinois squad that swept every team and individual title that year. Illinois hung with them for much of the day, despite the score. Great work guys.