Panic time for Illini basketball? -

Panic time for Illini basketball?

Champaign, IL ( -- Yeah. It's panic time. We're all thinking it, so I might as well say it.

Don't get me wrong. Illinois has exceeded expectations already this season. But expectations change. Anything short of an NCAA Tournament berth will be a disappointment.

But the Illini just refuse to put anything together on the road.

Illinois blew the lead in East Lansing against Michigan State, forgot where the state of Minnesota was and barely showed up Thursday night in a 63-50 loss to the Badgers.

Illinois hasn't looked bad on the road. They've looked downright atrocious. The Illini haven't won away from the Assembly Hall since Dec. 30 at Purdue.

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