For Illinois, it was a sad and unexpected ending to the nation's longest winning streak and most refreshing success story. The bubble had burst, the slipper had shattered, but the memory lingered on. "I'll never forget what it was like this week," Lanter said. "The reporters, the TV cameras, the way friends called to say hello and total strangers came up on the street to say 'We love you.' Even though we lost, I think they'll stick with us. We've finally got a winner."
Just like almost every other school in the Big Ten.