The scenario for the Illini was pretty clear Wednesday night: A win was expected, and a loss would be disastrous.
CHAMPAIGN — “Our State. Our Team.” “Chicago’s Big Ten Team.”
CHAMPAIGN — Northwestern was rolling. And then it wasn’t.
CHAMPAIGN — Chris Collins called the Illini a desperate team.
With three games left on the schedule and the Big Ten Tournament ahead, calling Wednesday night's trip to Iowa City a must win for the Illini wouldn't be entirely accurate.