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.
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.
If the Illini and Wildcats want to reach their still-possible best-case scenarios when it comes to Big Ten Tournament seeding, they're going to need a little help.
The scenario for the Illini was pretty clear Wednesday night: A win was expected, and a loss would be disastrous.