It's been a while since the Illinois mens basketball team celebrated a road victory. You'd have to go back to early December when the Illini won at Gonzaga (see image above). Tonight, the Illini will look to snap a 3-game Big Ten losing streak with a victory at Nebraska, which just collected its first Big Ten win of the season at Penn State Saturday.
Illinois has been a hard team to figure out. Clearly, the Illini don't have a dominant big man or post precence. They live and die with the 3-point shot. But other programs have won with this formula. And, earlier this season, the Illini have beaten GOOD nationally-ranked teams. Illinois earned "W's" over current #9 Butler in Hawaii, current #10 Gonzaga and current #14 Ohio State at Assembly Hall. Since that Ohio State game, though, it's been three rough losses in a row.
Peoria native (Peoria High) D. J. Richardson needs three 3-pointers to move up to number three on the all-time Illinois 3-pointers made list. Tonight's pregame begins at 7 pm, with the tip from Lincoln at 7:30 pm. Illinois sports are brought to you by Meadows Avenue Tap in East Peoria and Shifters Pub, downtown Peoria, on Peoria's home for the Illini and classic rock, 95.5, GLO!