I would have had the Illini as one of the top teams in the conference if Ayo and Kofi had both come back. Even if Ayo had left, I though Cockburn's physical presence alone made them a top 4 team in Big10 next year. Now he is gone. My Illini sophomore is scouring tapes of the incoming bigs for the Illini looking for hope (there is some). Does this mean the Illini are done? Nope. But the unexpected loss of 3 of the top 6 players is a rough go for any squad.