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.