Looking ahead to the B1G Tournament, it is VERY important to get one of the top 3 seeds. There will be a 4/5 matchup in the quarterfinals(!) between two of the above mentioned teams. Its going to very hard for anybody to win 3 games in 3 days against the competition above so you want one of the bottom 7 teams on Thursday(Friday?). And not even making the B1G semis is probably a surefire way to drop a seed or two given the other 4 teams that will advance.
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."