With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Illini find themselves nearing the end of an intense stretch of basketball. By the time regular season play comes to a close on Sunday at the Assembly Hall, Illinois (18-11, 10-6 Big Ten) will have played six teams ranked in the Top 25 in an eight-game stretch.
The Illini are the only team in the country that will wrap up the season with six contests against ranked opponents.
And six Top-25 teams in eight games marks a first in school history.
“It’s been a tough stretch, one of the toughest that I can remember any college basketball team ever going though. So it hasn’t been easy, and we need to finish it strong,” junior center Mike Tisdale said.
“You want to be good, you have to play the best,” Tisdale added. “So I guess if we want to be good here, we’re going to have to win the next two.”
Game seven of that stretch happens Tuesday, when the Illini travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on No. 6 Ohio State (23-7, 13-4) for the second time this season.
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