Illini back in contention after knocking at No. 7 Iowa


CHAMPAIGN, ill. Illinois basketball on Friday re-emerged as a Big Ten contender with an 80-75 win at No. 7 Iowa – first-ranked Michigan’s previous No. 1 contender – at State Farm Center.

In a game that was never separated by more than seven points, No. 19 Illinois (11-5, 7-3 Big Ten) finished with a 7-0 run to Iowa (12-4, 6-3 Big Ten). did. Assist with clutch scoring, including games, including a Jacob Grandison three two Andrea Corbelo Free throws and two Trent Frazier Free throws, and defensive stops.

Iowa had a chance to tie it with 10 seconds left, but Jordan Bohanon One missed three. Kofi Cockburn (9 points, 10 rebounds) then missed the front end of each one but got his rebound and was fouled again. He threw the game two free.

Come on dosum Led Illinois with 25 points (11-18 FG), including 19 in the first half. Trent Frazier A season-high 24 points (8-13 FG, 4-9 three), and Jacob Grandson scored his first double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) in an Illini uniform.

Joe Viscamp Led Iowa with 21 points, making 5 of 6 out of three. But the Illini (and foul trouble) is limited Thunder thunder 19 points and four rebounds, far from his average (Illinois placed National Player of the Year at the forefront for his points. Connor McPherry Scored a season-high 11 points.

Both teams shot well from beyond the arc (three from Iowa 10–25, Illinois 8–19 from three), but Illinois was shot at the free-throw line (14–17 FT to Iowa 3–6 FT). 11-point advantage. Iowa had an 18-8 advantage at points from turnovers, but Illinois had an 18-8 advantage at fastbreak points.

Saturday’s win was Illini’s fifth win under a top top-10 team Brad underwood And the third of the previous calendar year.

what does this mean: Despite failures earlier this month against Maryland and Ohio State, Illini is truly behind in the Big Ten title race, its first true marquee win of the season. The Illini are now in a tie for second place in the conference with Wisconsin and a tiebreaker over Iowa, which they will not play again. Illinois played the full 40 minutes and held the lead throughout the game. Illinois looked like the top-10 team we all expected. It was a cat of a game, and it is a cat of a rivalry.

Star of the game: Trent Frazier, The Big Ten Bucket Getter, re-emerged and the Illini deemed him necessary. Frazier had the most 24 points, as he scored 30 against Minnesota on January 30, 2019, nearly two years ago – in 59 matches. If Frazier’s scoring continues, the Illini become far more dangerous. But Frazier also made a huge impact on defense, limiting Jordan Bohanon Six points on 2-for-4 shooting.

Game idol: Come on dosum Recently struggled in the first four halves, scoring just 18 combined points in the first stop of the last four games, shooting 23 percent from the field. On Friday, Dosunmu had 19 first-half points on 9-for-12 shooting, helping Illinois to a 43-41 halftime lead.

Do not ignore: Jacob Grandison Continued to earn his place in the opening affair and earned a career-high 30 minutes on Friday. He gives the Illini more skill, more length, and more great effort on the glass. Most importantly, the Illini are 2–0 with Grandson as a starter. His third career double-double, and first in an Illini uniform after transferring from Holy Cross, was needed.

What will happen next: Illinois heads to Indiana for the CT tipoff Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The Illini defeated the Hoosiers on 26 December on 26th. Behind 30 points by 26 points in Champakan Come on dosum. Indiana (9-7, 4-5) has lost three of its last five, including home losses to Purdue and the Rutgers this month, but Archie Miller’s squad prevailed in Iowa 81-69. Trayce Jackson-Davis Leads the Hoziers in scoring (20.1 points), rebounding (8.7) and blocks (1.8).

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