The Illinois Fighting Illini (12-16, 4-11) entered halftime with a slim one-point lead over the No. 18 Indiana Hoosiers (23-6, 13-3), but they couldn't hold it together over the final twenty minutes of play. In fact, they weren't even close. Indiana's shooters caught fire after a sluggish start and propelled the team to a Big Ten-leading 13th conference victory by a final score of 74-47.
This was Indiana's second victory over Illinois this season; the first matchup was a 103-69 beatdown back in January. So that means, barring a surprise meeting in the Big Ten Tournament, the Hoosiers have swept the season series.
Jalen Coleman-Lands led Illinois with 21 points, 2 assists on 7-13 shooting. Indiana's best performer was senior guard Yogi Ferrell, who had 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Indiana defenders were swarming Malcolm Hill the entire night and he was limited to only 5 points on 2-7 shooting. This was just the second time all season that Hill was prevented from reaching double figures.
Illinois' next game is on Sunday, February 28 against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (currently 8-19, 2-13). That will be the final home contest of the season, so you can look forward to 'Senior Night' festivities for Mike Thorne Jr., Khalid Lewis, and Mike LaTulip.
Make sure to check out our GameThread for a more detailed summary of the game.
#Illini on ESPN primetime this yr..— Derek Piper (@DPiperScout) February 26, 2016
Jan. 7: 79-54 MSU
Jan. 19: 103-69 IU
Feb. 25: 74-47 IU
Average 28+ margin of defeat.
LOL the second half pic.twitter.com/53MXKiSoA2— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) February 26, 2016
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