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Three days after the trip to Happy Valley, Illinois should expect to play in a much more packed and loud environment. While you may be able to hear a pin drop at the Bryce Jordan Center on February 9, Nebraska's brand new Pinnacle Bank Arena will be hopping, as the Cornhuskers' season tickets sold out in record time prior to this season.
Since joining the Big Ten, Nebraska has played host to Illinois twice. In 2012, the Cornhuskers demolished a reeling Illini squad, capped off by former Illini Meyers Leonard crying on the bench. In 2013, the Illini left Lincoln a winner, after a career night by senior sharpshooter D.J. Richardson.
While most road trips in the Big Ten would be considered successful with a 1-1 split, Illinois will have the chance to notch a pair of victories over PSU and Nebraska in February. Both programs are improved but appear to be the league's bottom feeders still, as evidenced by their combined 0-9 league mark to date.