It's pretty simple now for the Illini: Win out or go home.
And that might be referring to more than just the team's shot at bowl eligibility.
Miss Friday night's college basketball action? Here's what happened in the Big Ten:
Ohio State 92, UMass Lowell 55
The Illini weren't supposed to have to fight their way out of a season-opening matchup with Georgia Southern. But that's why they play the games.
John Groce and Illinois fans have a lot of reasons to be thankful after Wednesday's National Signing Day.
Believe it or not, Big Ten basketball season begins Friday, with most of the conference’s teams tipping off in their regular-season openers.