- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Illinois junior center Mike Tisdale was on a roll heading into the Illini's matchup with Michigan State in January.
Two games before meeting the Spartans, he put up 27 points and nine rebounds against Indiana. He followed it up with one of the more dominant performances of his career when he went for 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks in a win over Penn State.
Tisdale was primed for another big game, which Illinois would need if it were to challenge the highly ranked, athletic Spartans.
But Tisdale and the Illini fell short.