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IU basketball: Indiana 65 Illinois 63 — Three keys | Highlights | Final stats

Indiana knocked off No. 1 seed Illinois and all but assured itself of a trip to the 2022 NCAA Tournament.   Indiana won on Friday afternoon at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis by a final score of 65-63.

Illinois led at halftime 33-31.  The Hoosiers were led in the game by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 21 points.  Xavier Johnson had 13 points and 6 assists, and Race Thompson had 10 points and 9 rebounds.

IU (20-12) will face Iowa on Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

See also:  Woodson, Jackson-Davis and Johnson post-game | Galloway and Thompson post-game


1. Jackson-Davis does it again.  Indiana big man Trayce Jackson-Davis had 15 second half points and beat his nemesis Kofi Cockburn in the process.  The Hoosier big man struggled at times with Illinois double-teams and digs, turning it over three times.  But in the last 4:41 he scored 9 points including two clutch free throws and a jump shot.  His late run came right as Illinois had pulled out to 3-point lead.

2. Defense steady all day.  Indiana held Illinois to 35.7 shooting on the day.  The Illini were never able to get on a good run, and IU held them to just 12-of-34 from 2-point range.  Illinois players not named Kofi Cockburn were 4-of-21 from 2-point range.  Illinois had four turnovers in the last 4:23.

3. IU’s guards vs. Illinois guards.  The Illinois guards dominated the first meeting, but they were matched on Friday by Indiana in a physical grinder of a game.  Illinois’ guard trio of Trent Frazier, Alfonzo Plummer, and Andre Curbelo were just 7-of-29 from the field.  Indiana didn’t have Rob Phinisee in the first meeting, but his defensive presence was a factor, along with Trey Galloway, who also added eight points with two assists on the offensive end.

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