IL vs. Iowa - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IL vs. Iowa - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IL vs. Iowa - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Radio: Brian Barnhart (play-by-play) and former Illini Deon Thomas (expert analysis) have the call on the Illini Sports Network on WHMS 97.5-FM, WDAN 1490-AM, WDNL 102.1-FM and WPXN 104.9-FM.

ANSWER: Iowa's rally from 20 points down at IL for a 104-97 overtime victory Thursday night was the third-largest deficit the Hawkeyes have overcome in program history.

It was Iowa's second-largest comeback win in school history. It was Bohannon's second-highest point total this season and his highest in the Big Ten game. The Hawkeyes are also 0-2-2 ATS in the last four following an ATS loss and 0-5-1 ATS in their last six versus the Big Ten.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey said Iowa started to find its way even before the 10-0 burst. "It was huge, no doubt".

Freshman guard Trent Frazier scored a career-high 27 points and hit a game-tying three at the end of regulation, but the Fighting Illini fell in overtime to Iowa, 104-97.

"We've had a wide spectrum of guys out, literally since Minnesota", Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said. Illinois' Tony Wysinger had 34 points of 13-of-16 shooting. "Sixty-three", he said for emphasis. Daniel Kinchen led the Cougars with 14 points and Brandon Jackson recorded 12 points, 10 in the first half. Tyler Cook had 21 points and 13 rebounds and freshman Luka Garza collected 19 points and 11 rebounds, including numerous game's biggest plays in the final 10 minutes.

FYI: Illinois forward Michael Finke averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the Illini's pair of wins last season against Iowa.

Iowa's 20-point comeback was the third-largest in school history, right behind a 22-point deficit against IL in 1987 and a 23-point comeback against Gardner-Webb in 2012.

Iowa shot 50 percent from the floor and hit 33 free throws in 40 chances compared to Illinois' 11 free throws in 14 chances.

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"What did I say at halftime?"

"The critical thing was (Ryan) Kreiner's performance that allowed (Luka) to be fresh at that time of the game", said McCaffery. "Well, nothing that smart". "Just stay the course". Work to get us back into the game.

"Until we can guard and quit committing silly fouls 94 feet from the basket by reaching...they've got to learn and they won't out-stubborn me". The Illini have recorded losses in their last two games, falling to Minnesota and MI in that time. "I mean, I gotta figure this out. We weren't going to lose". You don't accept losing.

Garza scored 13 of his 19 points in the last five minutes of regulation and in overtime as the Hawkeyes showed tremendous resilience. Defensively, Iowa basketball yields 75.0 points against the opposing teams. The sophomore went 5 of 12 from 3-point range, but none were bigger than that one.

Site: State Farm Center (15,544), Champaign.

IL plays at Nebraska on Monday.

Isaiah Moss (12 points) and Nicholas Baer (10 points) rounded out the starting five's scoring, all starters scoring in double figures on the night.

Illinois, fueled by runs of 13-0 and 10-0 early in the game leaped to a 54-41 halftime lead and seemed headed to an easy home win.

However, Bohannon and Cook led a charge that trimmed the margin to 54-41 at halftime. But the second half belonged to Tyler Cook and Iowa. Mark Alstork and Leron Black fouled out and Da'Monte Williams would a bit later.

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