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.
Things haven't been going well for the Huskers this season. But things were especially bad in Sunday's blowout loss to the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes.
With the Big Ten expanding to 14 teams this past summer, that means a little year-to-year variation in the basketball schedule.
The streak is over.
Northwestern won for the first time in 2015 on Sunday, overcoming an upsetting finish to regulation by taking down visiting Iowa in overtime, 66-61.