The Illini basketball team has won seven games in a row and guard Luther Head is just as responsible as any other player on the team. Former coach Bill Self said, "I expect Luther to have a break-out year for Illinois this year." Boy was Self correct.
Looking at Head's past couple of games, it's easy to see why the Illini are winning. Last night against Iowa he posted 16 points and a career high 10 rebounds; at Penn St. he had 14 points and 4 assists; 10 points and played great defense on maybe the Big Ten's MVP; and 17 points and 4 assists against MSU.
Coach Weber said to us, "If we are going to win, we are going to do it with defense." Head said, "Tonight we came out here and got after them right away to set the tone." Set the tone is what they did. To win games on the road the way the Illini have has to be a true test of this team taking on its coach's personality. Two months ago motion-offense was all we heard. Now it's, "Can they win the conference title 3 times in 4 years?"
Weber told us that Head was playing better than anyone at the start of the season, but we all know what happened to set that back. It's all behind the 6-3 junior guard from Chicago Manley.
The Illini still have a tough road ahead and Head knows that. "We just have to take it one game at a time. Coach told us we control our own destiny. If we take care of business we will be fine."
Some of you may not realize it, but Head is getting his share of hecklers in the stands these days. Head isn't having any part of it. "I just play the game. I can't worry about what's going on outside with the fans."
"We are trying to win a championship, that's what I came here for." Said Head.
The beautiful thing about Head having such a great junior campaign is that the Illini fans will get him back for one more year.