Illini men's basketball burning questions: Day 4

Illini men's basketball burning questions: Day 4

Which nonconference game should fans circle on their calendar?

Missouri, obviously. Maybe you're a Braggin' Rights diehard that's stayed true to the rivalry even in its darkest days the past few seasons. Perhaps a good "Miznoz" joke tickles your funny bone. Could be you're not thrilled with the idea of Jeremiah Tilmon flipping to the Tigers. But here's a reason everyone can get behind — it could be a pretty good basketball game when the teams meet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 23 in St. Louis. Illinois should be playing an exciting up-tempo style, and Missouri certainly has experienced a talent upgrade over last year's eight-win squad. The Illini haven't played against too many potential No. 1 picks lately. Michael Porter Jr. could change that.