In what could be an ominous sign heading forward in Big Ten play, the depleted Illini struggled mightily in the second half of their conference opener, falling to Michigan, 78-68.
While he won't be eligible to play for another year, Kipper Nichols has joined the Illini.
It was a massive year in the Chicago sports world. From league MVP's to record-setting streaks, including another championship to celebrate.
Big Ten basketball season is upon us. Perhaps this is truly the most wonderful time of the year.