Over the past three seasons, the Wildcats and Fighting Illini have split the regular season series each year. During that time, all but one of those contests have come down to crucial final possessions that decided the outcome.
In 2012, the road teams came out of the other team's stadium victorious. Meyers Leonard blocked Drew Crawford's shot at the buzzer in Evanston, while John Shurna and Reggie Hearn helped the Wildcats end their losing streak in Champaign.
Both Leonard and Shurna are no longer with their respective teams, however both squads do return pretty much everyone else. Illinois does have a new head coach this season in John Groce, while Bill Carmody remains on the Wildcats sideline.
Pretty much each of the matchups I'm about to describe were a toss up. While both team's starting lineups are still to be determined, the backcourts seem to be set while the frontcourts could change. Now, who is Chicago's Big Ten team?