It was quite the high bar set for the Zooker last year:
Since Zook arrived in Champaign in 2005, the Illini have, as Zook promised they would, improved just a little each year. A two-win season with a lot of blowouts gave way to a two-win season with a lot of narrow losses.
This year, he’s going for two wins and a tie. Illini fever – catch it!
The Zooker, counting last year’s win total.