No. 9 Illinois knocks off No. 8 Indiana in tourney opener

(AP) Tracy Abrams had 25 points to lead ninth-seeded Illinois to a 64-54 win over eight-seed Indiana on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Illini (19-13) used runs of 9-0 in the first half and 11-0 in the second half to improve to 6-2 all-time against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament.

The victory sends Illinois into a second-round matchup on Friday with Big Ten regular season champion No. 8 Michigan. Abrams stymied a late rally by the Hoosiers (17-15) with a 3-pointer and two free throws that turned a late 53-52 Illinois lead into a 58-52 advantage.

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Here’s a look at the special Indiana uniforms for the the Big Ten tournament. We wrote about this some time ago.

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CAH on 3/14/2014 @ 1:16am EST Said:

Tom Crean can recruit but cannot manage a game…why take out the only guy who made a basket. Should’ve won a title last yr…ummmm

CAH on 3/14/2014 @ 1:21am EST Said:

And I am not a Branch McCracken guy but damn run the team…sick of seeing so many turnovers… bad bad bad

CAH on 3/14/2014 @ 1:23am EST Said:

Go coach aau if that’s what you want