CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (Ticker) -- No. 14 Illinois tries to remain perfect on the season and all time against Eastern Illinois when the intrastate rivals meet at Assembly Hall on Tuesday.
The Illini (5-0) have won all five of their matchups against the Panthers (3-4), including a 93-53 rout last season. Each game has been played at Assembly Hall.
Illinois edged Arkansas in Little Rock on Saturday, 62-58. Brian Cook, the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, played a season-high 39 minutes and scored 18 points.
Freshman point guard Dee Brown iced the game with a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining.
The Illini shot 50 percent (25-of-50) and limited the Razorbacks to 42 percent (21-of-50).
Eastern Illinois has lost four straight on the road, including a 63-57 setback at Indiana State on Saturday that snapped a two-game winning streak.
Henry Domercant scored 15 points and Craig Lewis added 12 but the Panthers shot only 37 percent in the defeat.