NCAA Basketball

Illinois Fighting Illini (20-15)


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@ Rut 
L 59-62
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@ Mich 
L 55-75
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vs. Valpo 
W 82-57
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vs. Boise 
W 71-56
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@ UCF 
L 58-68
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Taylor has 17, Central Florida beats Illinois 68-58 in NIT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) B.J. Taylor scored 17 points, Tacko Fall had a double-double and Central Florida held on to defeat Illinois 68-58 on Wednesday night to advance to the final four of the NIT.

A.J. Davis and Matt Williams added 16 points apiece for the Knights (24-11), who play TCU in a semifinal game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Fall had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

UCF was the fourth-seed in the bracket and Illinois (20-15) No. 2 but due to an arena conflict the Fighting Illini couldn't host the game. The Knights took advantage with the first sellout crowd in 10,000-seat CFE Arena history to move within one win of tying for the most in school history.

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Leaders
Points: M. Hill17.2
Rebounds: M. Hill5.1
Assists: M. Hill2.9
FG%: M. Hill43.4%
FT%: M. Hill78.4%
3P%: J. Coleman-Lands38.0%
Steals: M. Hill1.2
Blocks: M. Morgan0.8
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga35-1
3 Kansas31-4
4 Arizona32-5
5 Kentucky32-5
6 North Carolina30-7
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon32-5
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga35-1
3 Kansas31-4
4 Arizona32-5
5 Kentucky32-5
6 UCLA31-5
7 Duke28-9
8 North Carolina30-7
9 Oregon32-5
10 Louisville25-9
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Big Ten Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
15 Purdue 14-4 27-8
25 Wisconsin 12-6 27-10
Maryland 12-6 24-9
Minnesota 11-7 24-10
23 Michigan 10-8 26-12
Northwestern 10-8 24-12
Michigan State 10-8 20-15
Iowa 10-8 19-15
Illinois 8-10 20-15
Ohio State 7-11 17-15
Indiana 7-11 18-16
Penn State 6-12 15-18
Nebraska 6-12 12-19
Rutgers 3-15 15-18
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 71.7 (214)
Rebounds: 9.8 (226)
Assists: 13.5 (170)
FG%: 44.5% (163)
FT%: 68.7% (226)
3P%: 36.9% (86)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 69.1 (94)
Rebounds: 25.0 (198)
Assists: 11.3 (39)
FG%: 43.4% (160)
FT%: 72.7% (300)
3P%: 33.4% (97)
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