There was a bit of nervousness over whether the bowl-eligible Illini would actually get to play in the postseason, but with a little bit of help from the College Football Playoff select
On a day when Michigan lost to NJIT and Purdue lost to North Florida, perhaps a walk in the park wasn't to be expected for the Illini.
Being bowl-eligible might not mean being bowl-bound for a Big Ten team this season, and the Illini could miss out on their first postseason appearance under Tim Beckman.
Miss Tuesday's college basketball action? Here's what happened in the Big Ten:
Michigan 68, Syracuse 65
The Illini started cold. Real cold.