MINNEAPOLIS Seemingly every night in the Big Ten, there's a big shot or a thrilling finish.
Saturday, it was Wisconsin taking down No. 3 Michigan in overtime thanks in part to a last-second halfcourt shot. Two days earlier, it was unranked Illinois knocking off the top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers on a wide-open layup at the buzzer by Tyler Griffey.
Now, the No. 18 Gophers get to host Illinois after the Illini's confidence-boosting victory. That could mean one of two things for Minnesota, which is looking to bounce back from a loss to Michigan State earlier this week.
"It could be good and bad," junior guard Austin Hollins said of facing Illinois after its big win. "They could either be too hyped up and come in maybe over-ready to play. Or they were struggling a little bit early in the Big Ten, so maybe they'll come in and they'll have that renewed confidence.
"It could go either way. We're just going to be prepared for whichever Illinois team comes in here."
The Fighting Illini wi...