It took some late game heroics from Ayo Dosunmu and was too close for comfort against Ohio, but the Illini basketball team remained undefeated and opened this week with a #5 ranking ahead of Wednesday’s showdown with Baylor (#2). If that wasn’t crazy enough, this is wild:

It’s a big week. On the latest episode of The 200 Level, Mike takes a look at last week’s MTE and previews the road ahead, which looks pretty daunting.

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A frustrating 30 minutes are followed by a dominant final 10, as Illini basketball beats Nebraska 72-56. Ride the roller coaster with Mike Carpenter as Illinois, trailing 50-48, go on a 24-6 run to win their 7th out of 8. With Iowa looming on Saturday, Brad Underwood's team has an opportunity to create some space in the top 4 of the Big Ten.

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