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Quick hits | No. 12 Illinois 73, Iowa 61

Mar. 10—What happened

It wasn't a blowout. That went out the window when a slew of Illinois turnovers and fouls in the first half and some ineffective offense in the second half helped Iowa make a game of Sunday's regular-season finale at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. But it was still an Illini win, giving them one last boost before tournament play starts after a disappointing Tuesday home loss to Purdue.

What it means

Illinois didn't go 3 for 3 on Quad I opportunities in the final week-plus of the regular season, but 2 of 3 isn't bad when the only miss came against the No. 3 team in the country in the Boilermakers. That loss took away even the chance that Sunday's matchup in Iowa City, Iowa, would have Big Ten title implications, but another Quad I win on the Illini's résumé is a positive.

What's next

No rush in getting to Minneapolis for the Big Ten tournament. Illinois was locked into the No. 2 seed for basically a week, with a double bye giving the Illini a 5:30 p.m. tipoff at the Target Center against the winner of Thursday's No. 7 seed Iowa and No. 10 seed Minnesota. The Illini didn't lose to either team during the regular season. Will that hold up in tourney play for Illinois?

What was said

"I couldn't be happier or more pleased with our guys. We had two, I'll use the term kind of angry days in practice to get the guys to play with a little more might and free up and play hard. I knew it was going to take that type of effort against these guys at home. To hold them to 61 is a pretty good feat."

— Illinois coach Brad Underwood after the win