Northwestern (10-7, 1-3) at No. 23 Illinois (14-4, 1-3) 7:15 p.m., Assembly Hall, Champaign (BTN, Illini Sports Network) ILLINOIS ppg rpg F Tyler Griffey 6-8 Sr. 7.8 3.

1 C Nnanna Egwu 6-11 So. 6.3 4.4 G Brandon Paul 6-4 Sr. 18.1 4.9 G D.J. Richardson 6-3 Sr. 11.1 4.4 G Tracy Abrams 6-1 So 12.1 3.9 NORTHWESTERN ppg rpg F Jared Swopshire 6-8 Sr. 8.9 5.9 F Kale Abrahamson 6-7 Fr. 5.4 1.9 C Alex Olah 6-7 Fr. 6.5 4.5 G Reggie Hearn 6-4 Sr. 13.7 4.9 G Dave Sobolewski 6-1 So. 11.5 2.3

Noteworthy: Illinois won 28 of its last 30 games at home against Northwestern. The Illini are 39-5 all-time in Assembly Hall against the Wildcats. Northwestern snapped a nine-game losing streak in the Hall last season with a 74-70 victory. Overall, the Illini won 21 of the last 25 meetings with Northwestern. . . The game against Northwestern is Illinois’ lone date in a nine-day span. Key for Illini: Defend the 3-pointer. In the three Big Ten losses, Illinois gave up 46-percent shooting from the 3-point line. Key for Wildcats: Make it hard on the Illini, who have lost 15 of its last 18 conference games dating back to last season. See how much heart there is with Illinois. Key quote: “You can’t wave a magic wand over a guy and say, You’re better. It’s not how life works. It’s not how ball works. They’ve played well for the bulk of the season.’’ -- Illinois coach John Groce. Prediction: Illinois 70, Northwestern 57

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