For the first time this season, the Illini are .500 in Big Ten play.
The Illini have played a lot of games this season in the wake of bad news.
Illinois guards Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby are suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, head coach John Groce announced prior to Saturday's game.
Last season, a game against Penn State served as a late turning point in the Illini's season. Perhaps the Nittany Lions can provide that same kind of turning point this year.
The Illini looked as if they might have been ready to energize the defensive side of the ball.
But it's not happening.