After leading by double-digits in the second half, the Illinois Fighting Illini held on for a 2-point win over Iowa in the Big Ten Men's basketball tournament this (Thursday) afternoon.  The final score was 68-66.  Illinois will play Purdue Friday at 1:30pm, a game you can hear on The Big Z beginning with pre-game at 12:30.


Jalen Coleman-Lands - 17

Kendrick Nunn - 16

Maverick Morgan - 14

*Illinois improved to 15-and-18 with the win.

*Iowa dropped to 21-and-10 with the loss.


Illini head basketball coach John Groce:




Illinois center Maverick Morgan:



In other games Thursday in the Big Ten tourney:

Michigan def. Northwestern, 72-70 (OT)

Ohio State def. Penn State, 79-75

Nebraska def. Wisconsin, 70-58


Friday's quarterfinals:

11:00 - Indiana vs. Michigan

1:30 - Illinois vs. Purdue - on Big-Z

5:30 - Michigan State vs. Ohio State

8:00 - Maryland vs. Nebraska




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