The Illinois basketball team is set to face Southern in a 7 p.m. showdown on Sunday, concluding a busy weekend of three games against the Jaguars. With Southern being a non-MTE, MTE opponent, the focus for Illinois is to get off to a better start than they did in Friday’s game against Valparaiso, where they trailed by 10 at two points in the first half. This trend of struggling against mid-major opponents has been a concern this season, and fans will be eager to see if Illinois can break the pattern.
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