NCAA Basketball 2011-12
Recaping a tough week for the Illini, Blue Demons, and Wildcats.
As the Illini continue to put together a promising season following the loss of graduated seniors Mike Davis, Mike Tisdale and Demetri McCamey, Illinois' new core is showing signs that they should be decidedly better than their predecessors.
SIU couldn't hold on to a late lead against Clemson on Friday.
Illinois faces the St. Bonaventure Bonnies at home as they hope to win their ninth consecutive game to start the season.
Northwestern's Drew Crawford earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading the Wildcats to the title at the Charleston Classic last week.
Pat Connaughton scored 24 points to lead Notre Dame past Sam Houston State.
The Big Ten did nothing but gain ground in the AP Poll this week as the conference went 13-1, losing only to the Tar Heels.