Illini Wonk
Saturday, January 14, 2006
  Must-win against Michigan
Illinois' loss to Iowa a week ago has made today's 3:30 p.m. home game against Michigan a "must-win." Although, with a competetive Big Ten conference, Illinois will likely need to win every game at home if they hope to repeat as Big Ten champions. Two seasons ago the Illini had the talent to overcome a 1-2 start to conference play, but this team probably can't afford to get below .500.

These Illini are not accustomed to losing and the loss to the Hawkeyes has Dee Brown in a bad mood who said "Losing is just the worst feeling in the world." Coach Bruce Weber was not too pleased either and has been working his players harder than usual in practice this week. "Coach has been on us,'' said James Augustine who, along with Brian Randle, were forced to run laps as punishment for lapses in practice.

Michigan brings a 11-2 record to Assembly Hall and like Illinois is 1-1 in conference play. Jim Spadafore of the Detroit News says the Wolverines have lost 10 straight to the Illini and eight in row at Assembly Hall. Spadafore sees no chance of an upset for the Wolverines.

A win today will tie a school record for 31 consecutive home court wins for Illinois. For Gametracker, click here.
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