It's been an odd season for Illinois.
The Fighting Illini started off red hot, winning 13 of their first 16 games before losing their next seven. During the losing streak, each loss seemed worse than the last and their NCAA Tournament hopes seemed to fade away.
But can that all change with a few wins in the Big Ten Tournament?
Sports Illustrated's Brian Hamilton joins SportsNet Central to break down the Illini's,analyze Northwestern's transition year and give his prediction for the conference champion.