This is why we watch.

All things considered, Wednesday might be the greatest multi-game day in college-basketball history in the state of Illinois.

Northwestern’s full-court buzzer beater over Michigan deserved all the attention it received. To complete an end-to-end pass to pretty much lock up the first NCAA tournament bid in school history?

It doesn’t get any better than that.

And yet, Illinois’ win over Michigan State was just as dramatic in its own way. It was a genuine tear-jerker.

When coach John Groce was asked by BTN analyst Jon Crispin what his six seniors have meant, he got so choked up that he could barely utter four words: “A lot. . . a lot.’’ The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.