Illinois (8-7, 0-2) is on the road tonight taking on #5 Michigan State (14-1, 1-1). The Illini have lost two straight since the start of the Big Ten season, and things won’t get any easier playing in a tough environment at the Breslin Center.
Michigan State will be without Denzel Valentine, who is the team’s leading scorer with over 18 points per game. Valentine is out with an injury and hopes to return for the Spartans’ weekend matchup with Penn State. With Valentine out, Michigan State will look to Bryan Forbes, who is averaging 13.8 points per game.
The Illini have one of the top scoring duos in the country in Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill. Nunn is averaging 18.5 points per game, while Hill is averaging 17.9.
The teams split the series last year, with Illinois winning at Michigan State 59-54, and Michigan State getting the win back in Champaign 60-53. Tip-off is set for tonight at 8:00pm on 989 The Game. Pregam coverage will begin at 7:00pm.