It was a very valiant effort. Unfortunately I didn't continue to follow the game. But a national championship for the University of Illinois was not meant to be. :(
They lost to the University of North Carolina, Michael Jordan's alma mater before joining the Chicago Bulls back in the 80s. The score was 75-70.
Even more shocking is that I didn't know that they were even in the national championship game. I didn't follow the final four games.