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LIVE GAME THREAD: No. 15 Wisconsin at Illinois


Big Ten Basketball

No. 17 Wisconsin at Illinois

22-7 (12-5 Big Ten)

18-12 (10-7 Big Ten)

March 7, 2010 1:00 PM CT

Assembly Hall, Champaign, Ill.

TV: ESPN (Dave O'Brien and Steve Lavin)

Radio: Badgers Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Opponent Blog: Hail to the Orange

Coverage: Our Wisconsin-Illinois Game Page

All-time Series: Illinois leads 108-74

Last Meeting: Illinois won 63-56 (Feb. 9, 2010)

Probable starters:
Trevon Hughes G Demitri McCamey
Jordan Taylor G D.J. Richardson
Jason Bohannon G/F Bill Cole
Tim Jarmusz F Mike Davis
Keaton Nankivil F Mike Tisdale

Welcome into our live game thread from Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. It's Senior Day for the Illini and it also happens to be Unofficial St. Patrick's weekend on campus so the students here will either be extremely hungover or still drunk. Either way, the Orange Krush will likely muster up enough energy to make this a tough environment for the Badgers this afternoon.

The Illini have lost four of their last five games and as a result, today's game turns out to be the biggest game of their season. To get into the NCAA Tournament, Illinois will likely have to beat Wisconsin at least once this week as the two will likely meet again Friday in Indianapolis.

For a complete list of what is at stake today, as well as the keys to the game and my prediction, check out our game preview.

For now, feel free to leave your comments and predictions below. We'll have complete coverage all afternoon!