After starting the season with seven games away from home, Illinois will reopen the State Farm Center on Wednesday.
The Illini (3-4) played a mix road games and "home" games in Springfield, while they waited on the $169.5 million arena renovation. They face Notre Dame (4-2) Wednesday.
Illinois coach John Groce said Tuesday the redone arena is a "game-changer" for the basketball program.
He recalled taking the job in 2012 and bringing then-new recruit Kendrick Nunn into the building. Groce said there was little in the 52-year-old arena that stood out.
The arena has new luxury boxes and other premium seating and new blue and bright-orange seats. Concessions have been upgraded, too.
Illinois on Wednesday will also officially name the court after Illini coaching legend Lou Henson.
>>Delaware Dominates Bradley
Cazmon Hayes had 17 points and Anthony Mosley had a career-high 15 to lead Delaware to a dominating 70-47 win over Bradley on Tuesday night.
Mosley was 7 of 10 from the floor and dished out four assists. Kory Holden had 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Marvin King-Davis added 11 points for Delaware (3-2).
The Blue Hens, who have won every rebound battle this season, continued to control the boards 41-38. This was Delaware's largest victory margin since beating Penn 83-60 on Dec. 21, 2012.
Donte Thomas led Bradley (1-7), which has lost seven straight, with 10 points.
Mosley hit a 3-pointer and followed with a layup to start Delaware on a 15-2 run in the first period to build a 31-19 halftime lead. They stretched that to 53-28 lead midway in the second half and coasted to the win.
>>North Carolina Gets By Maryland In Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Marcus Paige scored 20 points to help UNC beat No. 2 Maryland 89-81 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, showing no ill effects from the broken bone in his right hand nor rust from the layoff.
Paige, the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference co-player of the year, assisted for the game's first basket then buried a 3-pointer on the next possession - proof that he was ready to roll in an early season top-10 matchup.
Brice Johnson added 16 points for the Tar Heels, who shot 53 percent to hold off Melo Trimble and the Terrapins (6-1).
Trimble finished with 23 points and 12 assists to lead Maryland, which shot 51 percent but committed 22 turnovers that UNC converted into 21 points.
Maryland missed eight of its last 10 shots as UNC gradually pushed a 74-72 lead back to double figures after blowing a 13-point first-half lead.