That game is scheduled for a noon tip off and will be televised on ESPNU.
Keita Bates-Diop scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, and No. 13 Ohio State beat visiting Nebraska 64-59 on Monday night, the fourth victory for the Buckeyes in the last 8 days.
It's been that kind of a year for the Fighting Illini and their first-year coach Brad Underwood. Wisconsin's free throw rate was their biggest advantage over IL. The Illini are now 10-10 overall, 0-7 in the Big Ten and 7-8-1 against the spread. Since scoring 14 points against Northwestern and 17 against Maryland to open Big Ten play in December, Alstork has reached double digits in scoring just once (against Longwood) in Illinois' last 11 games.
IL might have difficulty scoring as they square off against one of the nation's best defenses.
Michigan State made some free throws down the stretch and the Illini fell 87-74.
"So, it was a total team win because a lot of different guys helped us tonight".
Not many people gave the Illini a chance against the Spartans but they gave everything they had and put up a fight against the No. 6 team in the nation. The Spartans are averaging 85.2 points per game this season while allowing 63.6 per game.
Michigan State started off with an early 6-2 lead and I wasn't sure how the Illini would respond. The Fighting Illini's 9.6 turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Spartans, who had a mark of 20.4.
IL is 4-3 ATS at home with 4 unders and 3 overs. Turnovers kept IL in it, as Michigan State committed 15.
The Fighting Illini rank 42nd in steals per game (7.5) while the Spartans rank 210th (4.5).
Bench scoring was controlled by IL with 31 points off the bench compared to Michigan State's 14 points.
The Spartans received a contest high 22 points from Miles Bridges on 9-13 from the floor including 4-6 from distance followed by Nick Ward with 18 points and 13 rebounds on 7-9 accuracy. They outrebounded IL 37-15 as Leron Black fouled out without a single rebound.
In their last five games, Michigan State is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
IL limped home, loser of five straight, including a drubbing at the hands of Wisconsin, and winless in Big Ten Conference play.