Maryland game planned for our weaknesses and executed. This is something that we have known the entire time about our team. Good teams will expose these issues. Maryland is not a "good team", however they played like one and they beat us.
Robert, you said it yourself earlier. Iowa, Michigan, Gonzaga, Baylor ALL make us call them daddy if we play the first half against them like we played Northwestern. Illinois has ~4 weeks to fine tune some of our glaring issues (which I really do believe we can do) and then make a run at the tourney.