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IOWA CITY – "An eternity."
That's how Illinois coach Bruce Weber described the last 17 days. It had been that long since his Illini walked off the court winners.
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If Corey Liuget decides to leave early for the NFL, he'll have a pretty good tape to show the NFL scouts.
HOUSTON – Illinois wowed the rain-soaked fans of the nation's fourth-largest city Wednesday and ejected a back-riding monkey like a wild steer throwing a cowboy.
Count the ways Illinois turned the beast:
HOUSTON – They stormed the field as if they had won the Rose Bowl. Or the BCS Championship game. A year after 3-9, any bowl win feels great.
Led by a redshirt freshman quarterback and a record-setting townie, Illinois won its first postseason game since 1999.
At State Farm Classic
Reid Farchmin scored a game-high 17 points for Mahomet-Seymour in its 46-44 overtime victory against Lake Forest in the fifth-place game for large schools. Adam Guth added 11 points for the Bulldogs.
PONTIAC – D'Lando Carter forced one overtime Wednesday, but he couldn't create a second one.
MONTICELLO – Four games in three days and not one team in the Sages Holiday Hoopla was able to figure out how to beat Neoga.
The Indians took the tournament title by holding off Tuscola 46-42, handing the Warriors their first loss of the season.
No. 23 Illinois 87, Iowa 77: FINAL
IOWA CITY — Illinois hasn't forgotten how to win. But 17 days in between victories will make it seem that way.