If the Illini and Wildcats want to reach their still-possible best-case scenarios when it comes to Big Ten Tournament seeding, they're going to need a little help.
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.