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Illini snap losing streak in emphatic fashion

CHAMPAIGN — Giorgi Bezhanishvili had something important he wanted to share before answering his first question after Wednesday’s game against Minnesota. The Illinois freshman forward eventually hit on what worked well for the Illini rebounding against the Gophers and how it played into their 95-68 victory, but not before …

Quick hits: Illini notch first Big Ten victory, routing Minnesota

What happened

A team playing its best half of basketball in the Brad Underwood era goes a long way in getting a win. Illinois did that with 51 points in the first half before taking down Minnesota to end its five-game losing streak.

'I actually deleted it off my phone'

CHAMPAIGN — The national conversation about the Big Ten last season was the conference, long considered a basketball power, was down. Just four NCAA tournament bids — albeit with a run to the national title game by Michigan — was the end result.

Illini Basketball Report Card: vs. Minnesota, Jan. 16, 2019

Player of the game

Illinois freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu

The Illini freshman’s cup runneth over with confidence. Dosunmu’s elite level play continued Wednesday night against the Gophers, as he drove the early lead and finished with 23 points, four rebounds and two assists. 

LIVE! Minnesota

Illinois 95, Minnesota 68 — FINAL

That's how you snap a five-game losing streak and pick up your first Big Ten win of the season.

Illinois led nearly the entire night, distancing itself from Minnesota early in the first half and continuing the blitz of the Gophers in the second half to give Illinois its first win in a month.

Steady Griffin has opportunity for more playing time

CHAMPAIGN — Alan Griffin and Tevian Jones played just five minutes combined during Illinois' 79-69 loss to No. 2 Michigan. For Griffin, it was a continuation of his regularly fluctuating playing time, and for Jones, it was still just his second game back after serving an eight-game suspension.

Preview: Illinois vs. Minnesota, 8 p.m. tonight

Minnesota at Illinois

8 p.m. tonight

Lineups

Illinois (4-12, 0-5 Big Ten)

Starters

P Name Yr. Ht. PPG Hometown

G Trent Frazier So. 6-1 14.7 Wellington, Fla.

G Ayo Dosunmu Fr. 6-5 13.6 Chicago

G Aaron Jordan Sr. 6-5 9.1 Plainfield

F Kipper Nichols R-Jr. 6-6 8.6 Cleveland

Dosunmu's dominance is in the details

CHAMPAIGN — Ayo Dosunmu snuck in a few extra shots after a few minutes of interviews Tuesday morning at State Farm Center following Illinois men's basketball practice.

Seeding is believing: Caroline, Nevada move on up

Each week until Selection Sunday on March 17, college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY will project his top four seeds for each region of the NCAA tournament. This week? A serious shuffle — at least with the three and four seeds:

Midwest

1. Michigan

2. Kansas

3. Marquette

4. Auburn

Underwood: Gophers 'hurt you the old fashioned way'

Illinois coach Brad Underwood and freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu discuss Wednesday's game against Minnesota, while sophomore guard Trent Frazier talks about regaining his confidence.

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