Quick hits | No. 13 Illinois 98, Nebraska 87

Mar. 16—What happened

Another game. Another double-digit halftime deficit. Another Big Ten tournament win. Illinois blitzed Nebraska in the second half of Saturday's semifinal, turning a 15-point deficit early in the second half into a 15-point lead with 2 minutes to play and, eventually a 98-87 victory that came, in no small part, with Terrence Shannon Jr. scoring a career-high 40 points.

What it means

Illinois has been on the brink of "lose and go home" for the duration of its stay in Minneapolis. Red hot Ohio State nearly sent the Illini home on Friday night before Dain Dainja sparked a second-half rally. Nebraska was aiming to do the same. On one hand, those type of deficits are a concern with the NCAA tournament approaching. On the other, Illinois has overcome its shortcomings and notched two straight wins.

What's next

A shot at a second Big Ten tournament championship game in four years for Illinois with Sunday's 2:30 p.m. showdown with Wisconsin after the Badgers upset top-seeded Purdue in overtime Saturday. The Illini (25-8) are two weeks removed from a 91-83 victory against Wisconsin (22-12) in Madison, Wis., where Marcus Domask put up 31 points in a "homecoming" performance.

What was said

"It was a frustrating first half, just because I didn't think we had any pop, we didn't have any life. We looked like we were still in bed asleep. My halftime wasn't about any Xs and Os. It was animated. Probably didn't want to check my blood pressure. But we had to find some life." — Illinois coach Brad Underwood on his team's come-from-behind win against Nebraska