Although do you rarely hear about any conference besides the Big
East or the ACC these days, the Big Ten has some pretty good teams
that could sneak on the elite teams in college basketball this
The Michigan State Spartans have been the best team in the Big Ten
conference this season only losing two games in conference play and
just four overall, but the Illinois Fighting Illini are not a be to
be taken for granted as they sit just behind the Spartans in the Big
10 conference standings.
The Illini have struggled a bit through out the season with some
pretty forgettable losses to Wisconsin and especially to Minnesota
where Illinois only put up a pathetic 36 points in a losing effort.
Even with those losses there have to moments of promise for the
Illini this season which could in a Cinderella story come tournament
time in March.
The Indiana Hoosiers on the other hand have done nothing, but
struggle all season long. Not only did the go through the coaching
scandal, which set them back considerably, but they also lost Eric
Gordon to the NBA.
With both of those major blows to the Hoosiers menís basketball
program Indiana has just not been able to get on track which has
resulted in a completely forgettable season as they sit in last
place in the Big Ten conference on winning one game out of ten in
conference play this season.
Coming into this match up the Illini will be looking to gain more
ground as they try and reach the Spartans in the Big Ten standings.
With this win the Illini will have so much needed momentum as they
get closer and closer to their rematch with the Big Ten leading
Spartans on March 1st.
As for the Hoosiers they will just be looking to keep up with a much
better Illini team. Unless Indiana can all of the sudden start
playing some great basketball, I donít see anyway they can pull off
the unlikely upset and the Fighting Illini.
A key for the Illini will be the three top scorers getting going
early and jumping out to an insurmountable lead against Indiana.
If Illinois Fighting Illini leading scorers Mike Davis, Demetri
McCamey and Mike Tisdale can get things going like they have all
season the Indiana Hoosiers could be in for one long night.
The only real threat on the Hoosiers that could possibly cause
problems for the Illini is Indiana guard Devan Dumes who is leading
the team in scoring at 13.8 points a game and forward Tom Pritchard
who is averaging 10.4 and 6.7 boards a game.
Although these two may cause some match up problems, the Illini will
come out on top by a large margin in this one.
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