Illinois has seen four players transfer since the end of the season -- but the Fighting Illini have also added four transfers, most recently Ahmad Starks from Oregon State.
There were a couple of Top-25 battles, as well as a long list of early conference tilts. Illinois, Kansas State and others made statements.
Illinois already had topped Butler and Gonzaga. So it shouldn't have surprised anybody when the Illini recorded another big win Saturday. And Ohio State entered having lost its only true road game this season -- at Duke. So it shouldn't have surprised anybody when the Buckeyes dropped their second Saturday against a quality opponent.

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