Cal Hejza turned in a monster performance for Illinois at Southern Miss (Illinois Athletics)


Midwest Connection: Statement Wins For the Big Ten


Patrick Ebert takes a look at big weekends for Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan and Iowa.

Illinois Relentless Against Southern Miss

A year ago Illinois kept themselves in the postseason picture, going 31-22 overall with a 17-7 mark in Big Ten play. Their biggest statement win came in early April, taking a series at Iowa and eventually earning the No. 4 seed at the Big Ten Tournament. There, with an automatic bid on the line, the Illini went 0-2 and saw their season come to a close.

It’s clear looking at Illinois’ early opponents this year they’re not messing around, opening[…]