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Northwestern vs. Illinois Gamethread

Big Ten basketball! On December 1st!

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Northwestern Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for Big Ten basketball. Northwestern and Illinois are set to do battle at Allstate Arena (tipoff at 8 p.m.) in the conference opener for both teams.

The Wildcats (4-3) have had a tough start to the season, dropping all three of their games against major conference opponents so far. As a result, Chris Collins initiated a few Coach K tactics at this week’s practices in an effort to kickstart the team’s season.

The Fighting Illini (6-1) are also winless against major conference opposition, dropping their ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup with Wake Forest on Tuesday.

Be sure to check out our how to watch/preview post before the action starts, and as always, add your reactions and thoughts in the comments below.