5 things to know for Assembly Hall

5 things to know for Assembly Hall

Illinois will attempt to snap its three-game losing streak and win at Indiana for the first time since 2010 today. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY spotlights five things about the Illini's trip to play at what's now the only Assembly Hall in the Big Ten:

Three decades later

Today's game won't be Brad Underwood's first in Bloomington. While the first-year Illini coach has never coached at Assembly Hall during his previous 22 seasons as a Division I assistant or head coach, he did play there as a Kansas State senior — a 78-71 Wildcats' loss. "Great shooting gym," he said.

Beware the candy-stripers

Anyone with an aversion to striped pants should be wary about a trip to Indiana where multitudes of fans will be decked out in their own version of the Hoosiers' crimson and cream (most assuredly not red and white) warmups. And at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, candy-striped pants have no age limit.

Well-decorated rival

Five NCAA championship banners hang at Assembly Hall, with Indiana tied with Duke for fourth in all-time titles won. It's what all teams, Illinois included, seek every season. The Illini claim a single national title in 1915, but it's of the pre-NCAA tournament, Premo-Porretta/Helms variety.

Historical markers

Two of the biggest moments in Illinois basketball history have come at Indiana, with Dave Downey scoring a program record 53 points in 1963 and Nick Anderson hitting a dagger buzzer beater in 1989. The last two decades haven't been quite as kind, as the Hoosiers hold an 10-6 advantage with five straight wins.

Settling the score

The Indiana fan base will be angling for another victory in the series today — especially after Illinois won the first meeting between the teams last month. That was the first of what's still just two Big Ten wins for the Illini, and they did it with one of their more well-rounded offensive performances with four players in double figures.