Kofi Cockburn had 21 points and 12 rebounds, leading No. 22 Illinois to a 79-65 victory over Penn State on Tuesday night.
E.J. Liddell scored 26 points and No. 21 Ohio State beat No. 14 Illinois 87-81 in a brutal Big Ten matchup on Saturday.
The Big Ten clash between Top 25 teams starts off busy sports Saturday on FOX.
Jacy Sheldon scored 20 points, Aaliyah Patty added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 16 Ohio State won its first road game of the season with a 78-55 victory over Illinois on Thursday night.
Purdue is one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, but Illinois outrebounded the Boilermakers 39-33.
Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters will return for a third season with the Illini and play for new coach Bret Bielema, the team announced Tuesday.
Number 18 Illinois beat Indiana 69-60 on Saturday.
Dosunmu scored 21 of his 30 points in the second half to lead the No. 18 Fighting Illini past Penn State 98-81 on Wednesday night.
New Illinois coach Bret Bielema said Monday he hopes to have a staff in place by early January and is already concentrating on homegrown recruiting.
Ron Harper Jr. scored 28 points, Jacob Young added 24, and No. 19 Rutgers (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) overcame a double-digit first-half deficit to beat No. 13 Illinois 91-88 on Sunday.
Jahan Dotson caught six passes, scored twice and racked up 239 all-purpose yards to lead Penn State to a 56-21 win over Illinois on Saturday.
The Illini hired Bret Bielema to replace the fired Lovie Smith on Saturday, hoping he can turn around a program with nine consecutive losing seasons.
Kofi Cockburn scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in only 25 minutes to lead No. 13 Illinois past Minnesota 92-65 in the Big Ten opener for both teams Tuesday night.
Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced on Sunday that Lovie Smith has been relieved of his duties as head football coach after five seasons.
Missouri held off a late charge from No. 6 Illinois and overcame 36 points from Fighting Illini star Ayo Dosunmu for an 81-78 victory Saturday night.
Cam Porter came in with just 32 yards and one TD. But the freshman broke out in a big way, leading the Wildcats to an easy victory over the Illini.
The Northwestern Wildcats host Illinois in the regular-season finale on Saturday and will then turn their attention to the conference championship game against No. 3 Ohio State in Indianapolis on Dec. 19.
Ayo Dosunmu scored 18 points and sixth-ranked Illinois shot 58% to beat No. 10 Duke 83-68 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Iowa trailed by two touchdowns, but came back to beat Illinois 35-21.
The Hawkeyes are playing their best football of the year and need a solid win over Illinois to maintain their Top 25 status and remain in the hunt for a conference title, although COVID-19 cancellations have muddied those waters lately.