Indiana falls 64-54 to Illinois in first round of Big Ten Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams scored 25 points to lead the No. 9 seed Fighting Illini to a 64-54 win over No. 8 Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Hoosiers fell to 17-15 and now can only hope for an NIT bid. Illinois improves to 19-13 and moves on to play Michigan in the quarterfinals at noon on Friday.

Illinois junior guard Rayvonte Rice scored 13 points and freshman guard Kendrick Nunn added 10. IU sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell scored 14 points, but was 3-for-13 from the field. Senior forward Will Sheehey had 13 points and five assists, but turned the ball over four times. IU freshman forward Troy Williams scored 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.

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  1. Well, the long year is over. I decided a few weeks ago not to watch anymore games … But It only lasted for one game and that was only because I was not home to watch. When I found out they lost, I did not watch the recording. But for the rest of them, as painful as they were, I watched all the way up to today’s loss to Illinois. My hope is that all these players work hard over the summer and come back a much improved team for the 2014 – 2015 season.

  2. I think this years team let not only the seniors and the team as a whole but especially the Hoosier Nation down big time. This team is one of the most talented teams we have had in some time but never played to their potential and committed the same agravating turnovers time and again. One would think that by this time of year they would have these types of turnovers figured out but eveidently that wasn’t the case. One would think by this time of the season they would have figured out how to get Vonleh the ball more consistently and a way to get him better looks. To me it seems like only Sheehey and Ferrell had that fight in them today that we as IU fans have come to expect all of our players to have. While I’m on my soap box, I have to bring up coaching. Either Mr. Crean is teaching and the kids are not listening or he isn’t capable of teaching at this level. The team continues to repeat the same stupid mistakes over and over and the zone continues to cause us fits. Either way, something has got to change or we will continue to wallow at the bottom of the Big Ten and have early exits from every tourniment we find ourselves.

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