Number-18 Michigan State's troubles continued as they fell to Illinois, 53-46, in East Lansing. The Spartans have lost three of four and are 4-and-4 in their last eight as they sit at 22-and-7 and 11-and-5 in the Big Ten. Tracy Abrams posted a team-high 12 points in the victory. The Fighting Illini improved to 17-and-12 and 6-and-10. Gary Harris posted 19 points and connected on five threes for MSU.