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Wisconsin at Illinois: Game preview

Wisconsin at Illinois

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Illinois (12-12, 2-9)


P Name Yr. Ht. PPG

G Trent Frazier Fr. 6-1 11.7

G Mark Alstork Gr. 6-5 6.7

F Kipper Nichols R-So. 6-6 9.7

F Leron Black R-Jr. 6-7 14.3

Illini get second chance after 'shellacking'

CHAMPAIGN — Trent Frazier had an almost visceral reaction when recalling what he and his Illinois teammates were feeling when they watched the game film from what Illini coach Brad Underwood called a 75-50 "shellacking" at Wisconsin last month.

Bottoms up: Taking a measure of the Illini

Seven games in 21 days is all that remains of Illinois' 2017-18 regular season. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY examines three different scenarios for the Illini this month:

Glass empty

Illini's woeful post presence remains a liability

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kaleb Wesson took just six shots Sunday afternoon against Illinois. When it came to limiting post touches, the Illini defense was successful.

What Wesson did with those opportunities — some of which he created for himself — was the crux of the issue.

Illini's sights set on Payton

URBANA — Last June, Bloomington rising junior Chris Payton netted an offer from the Illinois men's basketball team.

In August, however, Payton verbally committed to a different local institution: Illinois State.

Fast forward to January, and the 6-foot-6 standout had decided to reopen his recruitment.

Ballot breakdown: As of Feb. 5

Scott's Men's Top 25

Team Prev.

1. Villanova 1

2. Virginia 2

3. Purdue 3

4. Xavier 5

5. Michigan State 6

6. Cincinnati 8

7. Texas Tech 13

8. Duke 4

9. Saint Mary's 11

10. Gonzaga 12

11. Arizona 7

12. Ohio State 14

13. Auburn 18

14. Oklahoma 9

Feb. 7 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

Can the Illini recover from Sunday's loss at Ohio State in time for Thursday night's tip against Wisconsin? Which Illinois team will show up against the Badgers? Is there any postseason hope for Brad Underwood's program? How is recruiting going? Beat writer Scott Richey will take your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday in his weekly chat.

Report card: Illinois vs. Ohio State

Player of the game

Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop

There's a reason the Buckeyes' redshirt junior forward is considered the frontrunner for Big Ten Player of the Year honors. The Normal U-High grad and one-time Illini target put up 35 points and 13 rebounds to lead Ohio State in both categories.

Illini hang tough, but Bates-Diop, Buckeyes too much

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Another Big Ten win was there for the taking. A first true winning streak since the opening six games of the season was in Illinois’ grasp.

And that’s after the Illini went the final 10 minutes, 11 seconds of the first half and 1:20 of the second without a single point scored Sunday afternoon against No. 17 Ohio State.

Illinois vs. Ohio State: What happened, What it means, What's next

What happened

An 11 1/2-minute scoring drought didn't erase Illinois' shot at what would have been its first top-25 victory in two years, but it didn't help. Neither did an inability to make plays in the closing minutes.

What it means