WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Illini lost a 13-point lead. And then, in all likelihood, they lost their shot at making the NCAA tournament.
Rayvonte Rice has been on fire of late.
Northwestern has had some late-season success, but getting by one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten just wasn't happening in the season finale.
Nothing's official, but if you believe the bracketologists, there's an NCAA tournament bid on the line Saturday when the Illini meet the Boilermakers in West Lafayette.
The world-class education. The proximity to home. The relationships with coaches and teammates.
There were plenty of reasons why Vic Law picked Northwestern.