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PREGAME — 90 minutes before opening tip-off

Good evening from State Farm Center in Champaign, where Illinois men’s basketball (13-5, 4-3 Big Ten) will put a four-game win streak on the line against Indiana (11-6, 2-4).

The Hoosiers are a bit worse for wear as far as roster health goes, with senior guard Xavier Johnson and redshirt-senior forward Race Thompson both out injured. But coach Mike Woodson’s team still boasts senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, voted the Big Ten’s preseason Player of the Year by conference media members.

Brad Underwood’s Illini have looked confident and comfortable of late, including in wins during each of this month’s two home games (79-69 over Wisconsin, 75-66 over Michigan State). Thursday’s contest starts a string of three home games in 13 days for Illinois, with Ohio State on Tuesday and Nebraska on Jan. 31 to follow.

We’ve got plenty of pregame content to dive into in the 90 minutes leading up to Illinois-Indiana on Lou Henson Court, along with more live pregame and in-game updates coming throughout the evening.

Brad Underwood said he hasn’t made it a practice of reminding his Illinois athletes they were picked to finish behind Indiana this season. But he won’t ignore that fact this week, either.

The Illini conclude a stretch of six games in 16 days when the Hoosiers visit State Farm Center. Here’s a look at some of what to expect from the matchup.

Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team

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In the center’s Orange Krush Club, on the north end’s lower concourse, fans can buy signature drinks from Riggs, Triptych, Destihl, Blind Pig and Revolution breweries.

If the Illini can keep stacking wins like they have been in the last 10 days, a number soon might be attached to their name

Illinois men’s basketball beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey weighs in on his latest ballot

Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team

Colin Likas is the preps coordinator at The News-Gazette. He can be reached at [email protected], or on Twitter at @clikasNG.




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