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Illinois cohered, while Mizzou tinkered

Bruce Weber couldn't stop chattering, talking so fast that he was nearly tripping over his words.

Updated: December 24, 2003, 2:04 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- Bruce Weber couldn't stop chattering, talking so fast that he was nearly tripping over his words.

Forgive him if he was a bit excited Tuesday night in the hallways of the Savvis Center. You see, Weber found his Illinois team during the 71-70 victory over Missouri in the "Braggin' Rights" game in an evenly split partisan arena.

And, even in defeat, Missouri coach Quin Snyder may have discovered his squad, too.

Sure, Weber had wins over Arkansas in Chicago and Memphis ...

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