CHAMPAIGN – Preparation for what would have been Wednesday night’s game with Nebraska began immediately after Illinois’ 66-63 home loss Sunday night to Maryland.
Illini’s coaching staff began their deep dive on the Cornhuskers that night and continued for most of the day on Monday.
Until the phone call came in early Monday afternoon. Positive cases of COVID-19 among Level I staff in Nebraska – a group that includes athletes, coaches and any staff whose jobs require regular close contact – meant the Cornhuskers were putting their program on hiatus. The game in Lincoln, New York was over. The work Illinois coach Brad Underwood and his team have already put on the game plan against Nebraska will not be lost. No.14 Illini and Cornhuskers are due to play Champaign on February 24, and both teams are now working with the Big Ten to get the…
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