Illini Wonk
Thursday, March 10, 2005
  Big Ten Tournament
Illinois had the longest winning streak in the nation at 29 games, but tomorrow when they take the floor against Northwestern, they will be trying to avoid a different streak: two straight losses. The tournament is in Chicago at the United Center, Illinois' home away from home.

In the Chicago Tribune, Neil Milbert argues that the tournament has been improved the Big Ten's performance in the NCAA tournament. Mike Downey, another Trib columnist, has a humorous look at the tourney.

With the loss against Ohio State, Illinois maintained their #1 ranking and probably their #1 seed in the Chicago region. Do they need to win the conference tournament to lock up that seed? The selection committee is keeping coy with Illinois' potential seed. Regardless of how many wins they need this weekend, their recent loss has Illinois determined to capture crown.

Illinois tips off against the Wildcats for the third time this season at 11:00 a.m. The official games notes are here on a smartly redesigned site. For the GameTracker, go here.
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