Scottie Lindsey scored five of his game-high 22 points in overtime and Northwestern trailed for much of the evening before pulling out a 72-68 victory over Illinois on Friday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Wake Forest got a much-needed win by holding off previously undefeated Illinois Tuesday, 80-73 in Winston-Salem.
It's a big week in Big Ten basketball. There's the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, followed by the opening of the Big Ten schedule. Before that happens, takes a look at BTN analyst Jon Crispin's latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.
Michael Finke and Aaron Jordan combined for 38 points to power Illinois past NC Central Friday and push the Illini to 6-0.
As Thanksgiving-week tournaments get underway, Jon Crispin released his updated Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.
Leron Black scored 17 points and Kipper Nichols had 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench Sunday to lead Illinois past Marshall 91-74.
Illinois moved to 3-0 with an 82-73 win over DePaul Friday night behind 21 points from freshman Mark Smith.
Leron Black scored a career-high 23 points and snatched eight rebounds Sunday, helping Illinois avoid an early season upset to UT Martin for a 77-74 victory.
Illinois got 17 points from Mark Alstork and had no trouble with Southern in a 102-55 win to kick off the Brad Underwood era.
BTN basketball analyst Jon Crispin has one question for each Big Ten team as the 2017-18 season gets underway this weekend.