Illinois’ Big Ten slate starts tough, but there’s opportunity for a strong finish.
Tracy Abrams scored 25 points to lead the Illini to victory.
There’s NCAA Tournament hope in Champaign, and that couldn’t have been whispered two weeks ago.
It’s crazy to think about, but a late-season hot streak could still put Illinois in the Big Dance.
Illinois would benefit from playing in any postseason tournament, including the third-tier CBI.
The future’s more fun to look at than the present for the Illini.
Illinois owned the lead at halftime Wednesday, and they owned an edge on the boards over Purdue that helped the Illini get there. All that changed over the next 20 minutes.
Tre Demps scored 11 points and made three late 3-pointers to lead Northwestern to a 49-43 upset of in-state rival No. 23 Illinois on Sunday night.