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The Wildcats have beaten their downstate rivals the past two times they’ve faced off, but this Illinois team has improved markedly over the course of conference play.

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Northwestern heads downstate for its final road matchup of the year, a Sunday evening tilt with Illinois at the State Farm Center.

A lot has changed since a 10-5 NU team topped a 4-11 Illini squad 68-66 on Jan. 6. Five Wildcats scored in double figures in that game, and Illinois missed all 11 of their three-point attempts. NU is 2-11 since that date. Illinois is 6-7, with wins over Maryland, Michigan State, and Ohio State. The Illini reached a nadir of 113th in the KenPom rankings after their loss to NU back in January. Two months later, they’re 64th, despite a 10-18 record.

Freshmen Ayo Dosunmu and Giorgi Bezhanishvili combine for 26 points a contest, and sophomore Trent Frazier adds 14.1 more, making Illinois one of the conference’s more exciting young teams.

Gameday Information

Tipoff: 5:30 p.m. CT

TV: BTN

Radio: WGN 720 AM

Online: BTN2Go.com

Betting line: Illinois -5, O/U 137