Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Preview 01/11/18

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Preview 01/11/18

IL reeled off 13 straight points in a run in which Iowa missed seven straight shots and also turned the ball over five times and the Illini later added a 10-0 run to seemingly take control.

Iowa was out of sorts in the first half, eventually falling behind by as many as 20 points, but the Hawkeyes started to right the ship leading into half, trimming the deficit to 54-41.

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Illinois?

The only larger comeback was a rally from a 22-point margin in a 1987 game in Champaign. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes' flagship radio stations.

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.

Iowa enters this one with a 9-9 record this year. Each team has only one win in the Big Ten. The Fighting Illini thought significant improvement would take place under new coach Brad Underwood.

Two young, talented teams, winless in the Big Ten, enduring some bad luck so far. Iowa moves to 10-9 overall, 1-5 in Big Ten action.


Iowa big man Garza essentially took over for Iowa in the final four minutes of regulation, scoring seven points to give Iowa the lead, which it held until Frazier's buzzer-beater sent the game into overtime.

The way in which the Illini play on offense offers a decent chance for the Hawkeyes to gain back some of the ground they've lost on defense.

"That shot by Jordan was the dagger", said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Work to get us back into the game. It's not like you talk about that every day. In the most recent matchup, IL won 70-66. "We've got to put it all together and play a full game of 40 minutes". It's, 'What do we got to do to beat IL? "We had more intensity than them".

The Fighting Illini are led in the post by 6-foot-7 forward Leron Black (14.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg) as well as forward Michael Finke (10.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

IL freshmen Greg Eboigbodin, Trent Frazier, and Da'Monte Williams greeted the media to preview the game.

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. Sophomore Jordan Bohannon has been a spark plug, averaging 12 points and 5 assists, and freshman Luke Garza has come on strong in recent weeks, getting two Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards, putting up an average of 10 points and 6 rebounds.

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