The top-10 showdown between Maryland and North Carolina went the way of the Tar Heels on Tuesday night, the No. 2 Terps unable to get past the No.
Not even nine hours before Northwestern and North Carolina tipped off on Monday night in Kansas City, the Tar Heels were the No. 1 team in the country.
After two dominant wins against Kent State and Western Illinois, the question became whether this Illinois team was for real or if it was just taking advantage of weak competition.
It’s been an impressive start for the Illini, 2-0 with a pair of blowout wins. They’ve outscored opponents 96-3. They’ve yet to allow a touchdown.
The Badgers haven't been their typically dominant selves thus far in the NCAA tournament. But surviving and advancing is what it's all about.