CHAMPAIGN, IL - JANUARY 10: Brandon Paul #3 and D.J. Richardson #1 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrate during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Assembly Hall on January 10, 2012 in Champaign, Illinois. The Illini defeated the Buckeyes 79-74 as Paul scored 43 points. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Illinois has tough test against Spartans.
A few weeks ago the Illinois Fighting Illini were in first-place in the Big 10 conference and were one of the biggest surprises in all of college basketball. Illinois has now dropped three games in a row and are now just 4-4 in conference.
Tuesday the Illini (15-6, 4-4) welcome the 9th ranked Michigan State Spartans (17-4, 6-2) to Assembly Hall. The Spartans have won their last two games after falling earlier in the month to Michigan and Northwestern.
The last 13 times the Illini and Spartans have met have been decided by 10 points or less. Illinois is looking to win their third straight against the Spartans at Assembly Hall.
Tuesday's game is scheduled to tip at 6:00 and will be televised on ESPN.
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