Illinois 70 Indiana 62
Illinois wins a grind it out type of game late over Indiana.
Indiana led for most of the game but gave up late runs in each half
Illinois survived a poor shooting night with some key stops and a separation basket by Justin Harmon.
Indiana played outstanding defense all evening but couldn’t pull out a win
Illinois outscored Indiana 21-0 from 3 point range.
Illinois wins despite shooting 37.1 % from field.
Indiana was 0-9 from deep and 12-22 from the FT line
Key Individual Performances
Illinois Marcus Domask with a double double. 16 points & 10 rebounds
Indiana’s Mackenzie Mgbako double double with 12 points & 12 rebounds
Illinois Luke Goode with 3 three pointers and some key shots
What it means
Illinois rebounds from tough road loss at Northwestern. Illinois is a 4/5 seed right now with chances to move up on the horizon
Indiana has now lost 3 in a row to tough competition. Tough road for them to make a tourney bid
Illinois continues to figure out the team dynamics with the roster changes that have occurred
Illinois head coach Brad Underwood “Went from a visual pleasing loss to an ugly win. Proud of our guys, you have to win these type of games”
Indiana Coach Woodson ” I thought defensively we played a great game”
Underwood “When you dont shoot and hit 3’s it becomes difficult to win… they were o fer. We wanted 3 or fewer three’s was the goal – that’s what we do”