CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois dropped its home-opening conference game by a point to Maryland. It was a tough loss for a team still searching for its first Big Ten win.
Illini Coach Brad Underwood expected that energy to carry over against Austin Peay, but despite a 64-57 win Wednesday night against Austin Peay, Underwood wasn't pleased his team's effort.
"There's a passion that you have to have to play," Underwood said. "I try to bring that every day. I try to do my job every day with the same consistency and passion and I expect that from our team."