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Chicago: Time to fly now

Basketball

The GIST: We’re about a month out from the start of March Madness, so we’re bringing you the update on our ranked Chicagoland college basketball teams.

February 11, 2021
Source: Joshua Hoffman/The Daily Northwestern
Source: Joshua Hoffman/The Daily Northwestern

Women’s: The Northwestern Wildcats have won three straight games — including a decisive victory over the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes last week — heading into today’s matchup against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Wildcat Guards Veronica Burton and Lindsay Pulliam have led the team to their No. 21 ranking, and we expect another big win from them today. 

  • While Northwestern is the defending conference champion, the ’Cats will most likely be coming into the Big Ten tournament as the underdogs this season. Not to worry though, we’re sure Pulliam won’t let her career end without another ring. 

Men’s: Coming off of four straight wins, the U of I Illini jumped up to No. 6 in the national rankings. Guard and Chicago native Ayo Dosunmu (pronounced EYE-O DO-SOO-MOO) scored his first triple-double, leading the team with 21 points in last weekend’s 75–60 victory over the No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers. 

  • The Illini improve with each game, which is great timing ahead of a tough Big Ten tournament in a few weeks. Because their 2020 semifinal game was canceled due to the pandemic, it’s about time to earn that ’ship.