After a 64-57 upset over No. 11 Maryland, the Illinois Fighting Illini are back on the road to face Terran Petteway and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Malcolm Hill will look to build upon his career performance last time out against the Terrapins since the Illini are still without leading scorer and rebounder Rayvonte Rice. Tim Mile's Huskers have been a disappointment this season, but they're now a different team as two seniors--Leslee Smith and Moses Abraham--returned from injury this past week.
Illinois leads the all-time series against the Cornhuskers 11-4. The two teams split their games last season; Nebraska won 67-58 in Lincoln and the Illini captured 60-49 victory in Champaign.
<p><!-- ######## START SIDEBAR SNIPPET ######## --> <!-- TIPS: 1. This is a floated element, so place before the paragraph you'd like it to float beside --></p><div class="sidebar"><a href="http://www.thechampaignroom.com/2015/1/10/7522393/game-preview-illinois-vs-nebraska-basketball-2015"><h2>Game Preview: Illinois vs Nebraska</h2><!-- Optional Image, Remove if you'd like --> <img src="https://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/0SCKVEwsLRPk2EAZ5SM0XcGYF6k=/0x247:2400x1847/709x473/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/45188616/usa-today-8318647.0.jpg" /> <!-- End image --> </a> <span>Projected Starters, Keys to the Game, and Prediction for Illinois' game against Nebraska</span></div>
Game Time: 7:30 pm CT
Television: The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network
Announcers: Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo
Live Video Stream: BTN will have a live stream available via BTN2Go
Odds: Nebraska opened as a 2.5 point favorite. The over/under hasn't been set yet.
Radio: All Illinois Men's Basketball games air live on radio in the Champaign (WDWS 1400) and Chicago markets (WSCR 670). The game is broadcasted on other stations throughout the state; check the Fighting Illini Radio Network for more information.
Illinois Fighting Illini
- Record: 11-5 (1-2)
- KenPom Ranking: No. 52
- RPI Ranking: No. 45
- Last Five Games (3-2): Missouri (W 62-59), Kennesaw State (W 93-45), Michigan (L 65-73 OT), No. 20 Ohio State (L 61-77), No. 11 Maryland (W 64-57)
- Away Record: 0-3
- Points Per Game: 76.1 (34th)
- Points Allowed Per Game: 63.6 (126th)
Rayvonte Rice - 17.0PPG| Malcolm Hill - 14.0PPG
Rayvonte Rice - 6.9RPG| Malcolm Hill - 5.7RPG
- Record: 9-6 (1-2)
- KenPom Ranking: No. 116
- RPI Ranking: No. 101
- Last Five Games (3-2): Loyola Marymount (W 50-42 2OT), Ohio (W 71-58), Indiana (L 65-70), Iowa (L 59-70), Rutgers (W 65-49)
- Home Record: 6-3
- Points Per Game: 66.7 (208th)
- Points Allowed Per Game: 61.9 (80th)
- Leading Scorer: Terran Petteay - 19.0PPG
- Leading Rebounder: Shavon Shields - 6.8RPG