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Good Morning, Illini Nation: Ring chasing

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Welcome to "Good Morning, Illini Nation," your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He'll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood's team and college basketball at large:

Marcus Domask didn't win any Missouri Valley Conference regular season or conference tournament titles during his four seasons at Southern Illinois.

No rings.

It's what the Illinois guard is hunting in year five with Illinois, and he's one win away from it after the Illini's come-from-behind win against Nebraska in Saturday's Big Ten tournament semifinal.

Securing that tournament championship against Wisconsin?

"It's just everything you can do to get the win," Domask said. "That's being locked in on film. Getting rest. Taking care of your body. Getting in the cold tub. All the little things we're trying to do at the highest level to get us any edge we can get."

Even Coach needed the cold tub after that one #Illini — #HTTO — #EveryDayGuys pic.twitter.com/umcFEcluh8

— Illinois Men's Basketball (@IlliniMBB) March 17, 2024

Domask had a bounce back performance Saturday against Nebraska with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven rebounds. The veteran guard shot 5 of 11 from the field, knocked down a pair of three-pointers and made all four of his free throws. A far cry from his 3 of 16 shooting performance in Friday's quarterfinal against Ohio State.

"It's just basketball," Domask said. "You miss a shot, you make a shot. It's another possession. The mindset is next possession. In this possession, how am I going to help my team win?"