Our zone actually hasn't been all that bad since Wisconsin, we are using it less, but more effectively. So yeah, I have no idea why we weren't. Putting us in zone pretty much forces Illinois to chuck up a 3 and it also enhances the chances of Oladipo or Zeller being able to use their length to make a play on the ball and just blow up the whole damn thing. It is why this loss will stick in my craw for a while, maybe the rest of the season if we don't beat OSU on Sunday, it was very easily avoided on both our last offensive and defensive possession.
Talking with Mark Titus (clubtrillion) about this on twitter right now, he agrees with pretty much everything we are saying.