Dozens piled into the Buffalo Wild Wings in Savoy. Everyone was decked out from head to toe in orange and blue.
Over at the Assembly Hall, more than 16,000 fans piled in to support.
Fans say whether your court side or watching it on TV.
"You have to support the team. I think it adds momentum. I think having a good fan base will attract better players," Adam Wright said.
The next game is on Wednesday at Assembly Hall. The fighting Illini will play against Wisconsin.