CHAMPAIGN — Every four-year Illinois basketball player since 1981 has played in the NCAA tournament at least once. That streak could come to an end this season if the Illini (12-7, 2-4 B1G) don’t make the tourney. It’s something senior Malcolm Hill is hoping doesn’t happen.
“One thing I don’t want to be remembered by someone who didn’t get a chance to play in the NCAA tournament,” Hill said following Illinois’ loss at Purdue on Tuesday.
Hill has been one of the few consistent pieces for the Illini this season. The Fairview Heights native is averaging 17.8 points per season, good enough for fourth in the Big Ten conference.
“I think I have more to give to this organization and it’s my job to make sure everyone else gives more from a player standpoint,” Hill added.
Illinois heads to Michigan on Saturday without a true road win this season. The Illini have lost all three Big Ten games away from State Farm Center by an average of 21 points but did beat the Wolverines 85-69 in Champaign last week.