It was far more difficult than a win over a 1-5 team should have been, but in the end, the Illini walked out of the United Center with a victory and a record above .500.
A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015:
It wasn't the runaway you might expect when a Big Ten team hosts an Ivy League team, but the Illini got a win Wednesday night.
After falling to Notre Dame earlier in the week, Illinois got its first win at the renovated State Farm Center on Saturday.
Illinois unveiled the new-look State Farm Center on Wednesday night, and the renovated arena is looking good.