Michigan State comes up short in 56-55 loss to Illinois: Game thread recap

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No. 10 Michigan State (15-3, 6-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 21 Illinois Fighting Illini (13-5, 6-2)

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois.

TV: ESPN.

Radio: WJR-AM (760).

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Box score

Game notes: Two of the top teams in the Big Ten square off. Illinois is without star junior center Kofi Cockburn, who averages 21.1 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. On the other side, MSU senior forward Gabe Brown averages a team-high 13.6 points.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State comes up short in 56-55 loss to Illinois: Game thread recap