While the opening four games of Big 10 play haven't necessarily been a thing of beauty for the Illinois Fighting Illini, you will be hard-pressed to find many people upset with the 3-1 start in conference play. Although the offense still wasn't clicking on all cylinders, Illinois was able to rally for a key 59-54 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The play of Joseph Bertrand keyed the win, as the sophomore guard was simply unstoppable on the offensive end. Bertrand netted a game-high 25 points on 11/12 shooting from the field. Brandon Paul was the only other player to score in double-digits for Illinois, netting 11 points and pulling down six rebounds in the win.
Nebraska used a balanced offensive attack to stay in the game, with three guys scoring in double-figures. Bo Spencer led the way with 13 points, while Toney McCray scored 12. The Cornhuskers shot 50% from the field as a team, but committed 20 turnovers in the loss.