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No. 14 Illinois stays perfect, holds off Western Carolina

Brandon Paul scored 14 points and No. 13 Illinois earned a 72-64 win over Western Carolina on Tuesday. Western Carolina tied the game at 54-54 with 6:15 left. Illinois guard D.J. Richardson hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions for a 62-56 lead. Richardson finished with 13 points.

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Big Ten Geeks: The ACC Strikes Back

In a bit of a surprise, the ACC took four of six games last night to clinch a tie in this year’s Challenge. Let’s look at how they did it.

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Illinois pulls away to win, 75-62

No. 22 Illinois was able to carry momentum into the break and sustain it after, which allowed the Fighting Illini to secure a 75-62 over Georgia Tech on Wednesday at Assembly Hall in Champaign. Illinois (8-0) trailed 31-25 in the first, but went on a 19-6 run over the next 5:26 to take a seven-point lead.

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Big Ten Geeks: Indiana's defense impresses

All in all, it was quite a good first night for the Big Ten in its Challenge with the ACC. Let’s take a quick look at the results.

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Big Ten Geeks: Season Preview, Part One

Time for our season preview! As is BTG custom, Mike and I discuss the season as only we know how—long-windedly.

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