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The starting lineup seemingly changes each game.

The avalanche of made three-pointers by an opponent seems to increase each game.

Illinois is in a crucial stretch of its season, with four winnable nonconference games up ahead before Big Ten play begins on Dec. 30 against Michigan in Champaign.

First up is Yale, a contender for the Ivy League title this year.

The Illini (4-5) and Bulldogs (5-3) tip at 7 tonight at State Farm Center, where beat writer Scott Richey will be sitting courtside.

Our new beat writer handled a bevy of questions in his chat today.

Sample question:

The game in Chicago not being televised...what statement is that making?

Richey's answer:

I think you can draw the same conclusion here that I will. The Illinois-UIC game will be on ESPN3, so it's an OK enough matchup to draw a broadcast team. But it's not a matchup that's going to draw eyeballs to TV screens. And we'll see Saturday how many fans it draws to the United Center.

Read the full chat transcript right here.

Then, after you're done reading the back-and-forth Richey had with Illinois fans, stop back by at 5:30 p.m. today as Richey kicks off our LIVE! report from inside State Farm Center.