CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The only "must-wins" are wars. That said, Iowa really needs to beat Illinois tonight here in men's basketball.
2. The bench players Illinois uses are all freshmen, and none average over 4 points per game.
3. Illinois has lost six games in a row, by an average margin of 11.7 points.
4. The Illini have shot 36.2 percent from the field in Big Ten games, and just 25.8 percent from 3-point distance. That's not good.
5. Illinois isn't a good rebounding team.
6. Iowa has played 21 games and lost five. None of the five were against teams that aren't currently ranked. Illinois is a long way from being ranked.
And now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to a Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Champaign. Don't judge me, I ate salad last night.