Illinois 51, Miami (Ohio) 49
Illinois is perfect no more.
Deron Williams and Dee Brown each scored 18 points and No. 1 Illinois turned back repeated threats from Iowa to remain unbeaten with a 75-65 victory Saturday.
Dee Brown had 19 points to lead all five Illinois starters in double figures for the second straight game, and the top-ranked Illini beat Valparaiso 93-56
Judging by its performance on Wednesday night, Illinois could leap to No. 1 and not relinquish it for a while.
Richard McBride scored 22 points and James Augustine had 21 to lead No. 14 Illinois to a 74-64 win over Memphis on Saturday night.
Eighty minutes of basketball in the heart of North Carolina taught us plenty Tuesday night.
If this matchup was left up to Illinois and Wake Forest, it might not have happened. Certainly not on Dec. 1.