Back in early December, when Yale popped into town, it became apparent to the State Farm Center assemblage that Illinois had a rebounding problem.
The Ivy League leaders outboarded John Groce’s gravity-bound athletes by an incredible 48-25 margin. And these were visitors who supposedly spend most of their time in a classroom.
CHAMPAIGN — The Milwaukee (Wis.) Washington coaching staff was hoping for the best-case scenario. So was Te’Jon Lucas and his family. And the Illinois coaching staff.
Player of the Game: Iowa’s Peter Jok
The 6-foot-6 junior wasn’t exactly struggling in the first half, but he topped his scoring output from the first 20 minutes (eight points) with nine in the first five minutes of the second half. He finished with a game-high 23 and added five rebounds, two steals and two assists.
CHAMPAIGN — A dance-off between two State Farm Center ushers drew more crowd interest late in the second half than did Sunday afternoon’s game.
At least among those who didn’t head to the exits early on Super Bowl Sunday as Illinois trailed by as many as 20 points midway through the second half and by double digits the rest of the game and No. 5 Iowa put together a 77-65 victory.
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That's it for the Super Bowl Sunday edition of the LIVE! Report. Illinois managed to cut its second half deficit in half to 10, but could get no closer as No. 5 Iowa won 77-65. With the loss, Illinois' search for that elusive Big Ten winning streak continues.