It looks like we have faced Texas five times throughout our history, most recently at Madison Square Garden!
2010-11: Texas 90, #13 Illinois 84 (New York, NY)
2000-01: Texas 72, #5 Illinois 64 (Austin, TX)
1997-98: Illinois 105, Texas 80 (Champaign, IL)
1993-94: #22 Illinois 83, Texas 78 (Champaign, IL)
1992-93: Texas 89, Illinois 72 (Austin, TX)
I always enjoy looking into series like this, where you are very familiar with a program simply due to casually watching hoops over the years and yet the Illini have such little actual history vs. them. I don't really remember the 2000-01 loss, but looking back, that seemed like a very out-of-place loss. Just goes to show that it's always a long season, and no one game makes or breaks how good this squad can be if we keep getting better. With that said, I am strangely confident tonight!
#17 Illinois 70
#2 Texas 67