Illinois needed to make a statement in the Big Ten Tournament in order to have any chance at making the NCAA tournament.
It seemed as if Illinois' loss in the regular-season finale at Purdue pretty much wiped away the Illini's chances of making the NCAA tournament.
Rayvonte Rice is definitely back.
But what good does that do the Illini when the rest of the team doesn't show up?
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Illini lost a 13-point lead. And then, in all likelihood, they lost their shot at making the NCAA tournament.
Rayvonte Rice has been on fire of late.