That huge gust you felt coming from the southeast wasn't the latest winter storm front coming through. Defensively, Iowa basketball yields 75.0 points against the opposing teams.
IL led by as many as 20 in the first half and by 13 at halftime, but Iowa closed the gap quickly with a 10-0 run to open the second half.
Tyler Cook scored 21 points and Luka Garza added 19 for Iowa. The Hawkeyes are also 0-2-2 ATS in the last four following an ATS loss and 0-5-1 ATS in their last six versus the Big Ten. After a wild and insane game, they will get six days off before its next game.
When Frazier flushed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3:53 to go in the first half, he gave IL a 49-29 lead and pushed the host's 3-point percentage to.727 (8-of-11) for the half.
"I think it was just a mindset, " he said. They're very much like us in terms of they want to play fast. "We weren't going to lose". Among those available, only Aaron Jordan (18 points, 4 assists) and Frazier were effective, and Frazier was out of gas and failed to score in overtime; the others eligible for IL were flu-ravaged Smith (2 points in 17 minutes), still-developing Greg Eboigbodin (8 points, 4 rebounds), and Michael Finke, who played as if he were missing (4 points, 4 rebounds in 21 minutes). The Hawkeyes actually led 90-87 with five seconds left, but Trent Frazier tied it up with a three at the buzzer to force overtime. McCaffery said after the game.
Iowa (10-9) and IL (10-8) clashed in Champaign on the evening of January 11 in a battle of winless teams in Big Ten play. They never had a chance. The Illini offense was good for 1.4 points per possession in the half, with Kipper Nichols was again clutch from the bench, racking up double-digit scoring early on, scoring 11 after 12 minutes of game time.
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"We've had a wide spectrum of guys out, literally since Minnesota", Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said. Daniel Kinchen led the Cougars with 14 points and Brandon Jackson recorded 12 points, 10 in the first half. Frazier's seven threes were the most by an Illini in a Big Ten game since Brandon Paul made eight against Ohio State 1/10/2012. Still, at halftime the Illini led 54-41, but they chose the wrong half to put up an outrageous number. After scoring 14 consecutive points, IL led 54-51.
"Nothing that smart, " he said. Back then, the Hawkeyes and Fighting Illini were archrivals and every game was outstanding.
It would have been easy for Iowa to mail it in in the second half. The Hawkeyes outscored the Illini 49-36 in the second twenty minutes. We gave up 63 points in the second half and overtime. "They're a team that will press us a little bit".
Poor defense carried into the second half, and Iowa cut the lead to 3 points with a 10-0 run after just more than 2 minutes played. In the Wolverines game, IL forward Kipper Nichols put up 17 points.
It was Iowa's second-largest road comeback in program history. More impressive, though, was Illinois's three point shooting, which stood at an unreal 9/15 (60%) at half. Taylor Steele scored from beyond the arc at the 6:08 minute mark to spark an 8-0 run for EIU to regain the lead.