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Illinois looks to continue dominance of Minnesota

Jan 29, 2009 - 11:23 AM No. 20 Illinois (17-3) at No. 24 Minnesota (17-3) 9:00 p.m. EST

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- It's never easy in the Big Ten, but No. 20 Illinois has made No. 24 Minnesota its personal doormat over the last 10 years.

The Fighting Illini will be looking for their 21st consecutive win over the Golden Gophers when the teams meet on Thursday.

The 20-game winning streak is the longest over a single opponent in school history and ranks fourth nationally. Minnesota (17-3, 5-3 Big Ten) has not beaten Illinois (17-3, 5-2) since 1999.

A balanced crew sparks the offense for the Illini, who have four starters averaging double figures. The lone starter not scoring over 10 points per game, guard Chester Frazier, takes care of distribution, averaging 5.5 assists per contest.

Illinois has won two in a row, including a 64-57 win over Wisconsin on Saturday in which Demetri McCamey went off for 25 points and seven assists. The Illini shot 50 percent from the floor against the Badgers and lead the Big Ten with a 47.9 team field-goal percentage.

Minnesota bounced back from two straight losses with a 67-63 win over Indiana on Sunday. Damian Johnson paced the Gophers with 18 points and six rebounds.

Guard Lawrence Westbrook leads the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game while Johnson is the only other Minnesota player to average double figures at 10.1.