The Illini struggled to put away an inferior opponent in their season-opening win over Georgia State. Not so much in their second game.
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.