IU's homecoming game against Illinois is tonight and the basketball team began practice last night in front of 13,000 fans.
Illini looking for a spark (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES)
"This isn't what they signed up for. Illinois has lost seven straight games to major-college opponents, Indiana has lost six straight to major-conference opponents and both have lost three straight to all comers."
- Illini Capsule (Peoria, IL - pjstar.com)
Illini look for first Big Ten win against Indiana (Bloomington, Ill. Pantagraph)
"Confidence has been called into question. And yet the campus is buzzing because Saturday is the start of college basketball practice. Illinois, right? No, it's the mood at Indiana University, where there are some definite similarities in place for Saturday's football game between the Hoosiers and the Illini."
Indiana-Illinois: How low can you go? (IlliniHQ.com)
The ugly tale of the tape. Of course, Illinois is the only major public university in one of the largest and most affluent states in the country. At least IU football, sharing a smaller state with two other major programs, has an excuse.