The Illinois Fighting Illin are in Iowa City tonight as they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in a matchup of two Big Ten teams needing victories.
Both teams come in at 17-10 overall. Iowa has a full game lead on the Illini in the Big Ten at 8-6. Illinois is 7-7 and needing another signature win to improve their resume as Selection Sunday inches closer.
Illinois is coming off a 60-53 loss Sunday to Michigan State. Iowa crushed Nebraska, 74-46, in Lincoln Sunday.
Game time tonight is 8 pm.
>>Maryland Tops Wisconsin in College Park
The Big Ten rookies are making their move, but still need a lot of help.
Dez Wells helped Maryland take a huge step Tuesday night.
Wells had 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the 14th-ranked Terrapins climbed back into the Big Ten race with a 59-53 win over No. 5 Wisconsin.
Maryland (23-5, 11-4 Big Ten) trails Wisconsin (25-3, 13-2) by two games for first place in the conference with three to play for each team.
Unless Wisconsin loses the rest of the way, the Terps would have to win out against Michigan at home and at Rutgers and Nebraska, while the Badgers would have to lose two of their last three to forge a tie. They play Michigan State at home before closing the regular season with road tilts against Minnesota and Ohio State.
Melo Trimble added 16 points for Maryland, which has won four straight games.
Frank Kaminsky provided 18 points and eight rebounds for the Badgers, who had their 10-game winning streak snapped, while Dekker supplied 14 points and nine boards
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