Their 0-8 Big Ten mark matches the worst start to conference play in the history of the program, tying the record set back in 1907.
Treadwell was Michigan State's offensive coordinator from 2007-10, and he took over the team when coach Mark Dantonio missed time early in the 2010 season following a heart attack.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan State is favored on the road tonight, as the Spartans are getting odds of -11.5 points against IL.
The sixth-ranked Spartans did just that against IL the State Farm Center, turning the ball over a season-high 25 times but shooting 68.2 percent (30-for-44).
"Compared to what I watched the other night (at Wisconsin), I liked this team that I coached tonight. Of course not, but the intensity and the "fight" that the team put into this game, makes me proud", Underwood said after the game on his team's effort.
Nichols scored a career-high 27 points while knocking down a career-high five 3-pointers.
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The Spartans (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) outrebounded IL, 37-15 but have turned the ball over 20 or more times in three games this season, winning each.
But, when all seemed bleak and the Illini looked poised to suffer another loss by 20-plus points, Kipper Nichols and Trent Frazier provided the Illini glimpses of hope down the stretch.
Michigan State went to the free throw line 28 times, and made 23 of those attempts, compared to IL, who was 10-14 from the line in the game. This season will be no exception as the Illini will take the Spartans down to the wire (the final 10 minutes) before Michigan State pulls away with some clutch shots from Miles Bridges and Josh Langford.
IL will look to bounce back Wednesday against Archie Miller's Indiana Hoosiers.
Michigan State heads into the game with records of 17-3 straight up (SU) and 12-8 against the spread (ATS). The game will also be available locally on WDAN-AM 1490 and WDNL-FM 102.1, as well as statewide on the 47-station Fighting Illini Sports Network.