After a five-game winning streak that improved Illinois' Big Ten record to 7-7, the Fighting Illini dropped a road game at Michigan, where the Wolverines have yet to lose during the 2012-13 campaign. Still, the Illini are in good shape to reach the NCAA Tournament.
After no weekday game this upcoming week, Illinois hosts Nebraska Saturday, March 1 for Senior Day. Their league schedule ends with road appearances at Iowa and Ohio State, before taking part in the Big Ten Tournament, which will be played in Chicago after several years of being played in Indianapolis.
Not only does John Groce's Illini team want to get to the NCAA Tournament, they'd like to make some noise in March Madness. Following this five-step plan will help Illinois clinch that NCAA Tournament bid and have them peaking one month from now.