CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — We’ve seen flashes from the Illinois men’s basketball team. The first half in the Braggin’ Rights game against Missouri, the second half against Maryland and most recently the first half at Michigan on Saturday. For 20 minutes, the Illini have been pretty good at times but putting together a full 40 minutes has been difficult against high major opponents.
“We are right there and I think we’re turning this corner,” Illinois sophomore Kipper Nichols said. “Bottom line it’s about sustaining effort for two halves.”
“We’re right there,” Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said. “I like where we’re going but we’re not shooting the ball well and we’re not sustaining.”
The result has been several losses for the Illini (10-7, 0-4 B1G) when leading late. One team will get its first conference victory Thursday night when Illinois hosts Iowa, the Hawkeyes are 0-5 in league play.