Shannon Ryan is a sports reporter for the Chicago Tribune, covering mainly college athletics. Before joining the Tribune, Ryan worked for seven years at The Philadelphia Inquirer, covering the NFL and college basketball.
- Neither Ayo Dosunmu nor Kofi Cockburn was himself in No. 5 Illinois' 82-69 loss to No. 2 Baylor in the Jimmy V Classic in Indianapolis.
- No titles will be handed out Wednesday night, but No. 5 Illinois has an opportunity to showcase itself as one of the nation’s elite programs when it takes on No. 2 Baylor at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.