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Illinois vs. Maryland Final Score: No. 14 Terrapins trounce Illini, 81-55

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Illinois is now 13-17 (5-12) on the season.

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It quickly became evident on Thursday night that the Illinois Fighting Illini (13-17, 5-12) were no match for the No. 14 Maryland Terrapins (24-6, 12-5). The Orange and Blue had yet another sluggish start, failing to account for any points in the first six minutes of action. They managed to stick around, though, and somehow entered halftime facing a mere 10-point deficit.

The Illini then proceeded to have one of their typical second halves. They were outscored 50-34 in the final 20 minutes of play, and even trailed by a staggering 30+ points for several minutes. Sophomore point guard Melo Trimble (18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) was the catalyst for this explosion from the Terrapins.

Maverick Morgan was the lone bright spot for Illinois in this contest. The junior big man notched the first double-double of his career (21 points, 10 rebounds) while completely shutting down Maryland freshman Diamond Stone.

If you're keeping track, Illinois is 0-4 when playing on ESPN this year. Not only that, but they've been absolutely run out of the damn gym each time on national television.

That's pitiful. Just absolutely pitiful.

So, clearly, Illinois has trouble competing against good teams. We knew that. The good news, though? Including the inevitable first round loss in the Big Ten Tournament, we'll only be subjected to two more games of this nonsense.

That's all I've got. Illinois' final game of the regular season will be at 12:00pm on Sunday against the Penn State Nittany Lions (15-14, 6-10). For those of our readers on campus, please don't do anything too stupid during Unofficial tomorrow.

Illinois Fighting Illini Stats

Maryland Terrapin Stats