The place: The real Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
What's at stake: For both teams, taking a step towards jumping out of the bottom third of the conference. For Illinois, proving that the OT win over the Hoosiers in Champaign was legitimate. For Indiana, showing that the hard-fought loss to Michigan State wasn't a fluke, and that this team is making actual progress.
What does Vegas say: Opened at Indiana -5.5, has actually dropped to Indiana -5 as of this writing.
What does the Chief say:
(The former mascot, Chief Illinwek, could not be reached for comment.)
The current mood of IU fans right now, judging solely by the iubb hashtag: Difficult to tell, but plenty of talk about Showing your Stripes.
How important is this game on a scale of 1-10 (where 1 is an exhibition game and 10 is the National Championship): 6.5; It's a big deal, but not a B1G deal.
Over/under number of nets Coach Crean will cut down if we win: 1.0
My completely biased, barely researched analysis: Indiana has had most of the week game free since the loss to Michigan State, and they desperately need to seize any momentum they can this far into the season. Illinois is coming off a loss Thursday at Ohio State, and is on a 5 game losing streak. Hopefully, that's good news for us, and we keep them skidding towards the basement of the conference.
Reasonable score prediction: Indiana 70, Illinois 66
FULL HOMERSOTA prediction: Indiana 90, Illinois 60