Iowa rallied from 20 points down to beat Illinois 104-97 in overtime at Champaign, Ill., and earn its first win of the Big Ten season.
The Hawkeyes (10-9, 1-5 Big Ten) trailed 49-29 with 3:53 left in the first half. Iowa chopped its deficit to 13 by halftime and rallied to take a five-point lead with 1:39 left in regulation. Illinois responded with a pair of 3-pointers, including one by Trent Frazier at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
The Hawkeyes outscored Illinois 14-7 in the extra period to take the victory. Iowa now has won three of its last four in Champaign after losing 22 of the previous 23 dating to 1987.
After a horrendous start, the Hawkeyes buckled down with their zone defense, forced turnovers and gained 17 offensive rebounds. Iowa was solid from the free-throw line as well, hitting 33 of 40.
What it means?
Iowa finally wins a Big Ten game after an 0-5 start. It’s also at a place where they traditionally struggle.
Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon scored 29 points and Tyler Cook added 21. Luka Garza was solid down the stretch with eight points in the final 4:21 of regulation. Garza finished with 19.
Illinois’ offense against Iowa’s zone in the second half. The Fighting Illini hit just 3 of 11 shots in overtime.
Who is next?
Iowa plays at Rutgers next Wednesday.
Iowa-Illinois game updates
8:55 p.m. (2H, 3:28) — It continues to be a possession-by-possession game with the Illini leading 82-81 with 3:42 left. Iowa’s mixed zones have affected Illinois’ offense.
8:43 p.m. (2H, 8:00) — The Hawkeyes continue to keep pace with the Fighting Illini, trailing just 77-74 with 8 minutes left. Jordan Bohannon has 24 points with 4 3-pointers. Tyler Cook has 18 points. The Hawkeyes have hit 19 of 20 free throws.
8:22 p.m. (2H, 13:40) — After trailing by 20 points in the first half, Iowa started the second half with a 10-0 run to cut its deficit to three points. At the first media timeout of the second half, Illinois leads 64-59.
7:30 p.m. (1H, 9:04) — The game is slipping away from the Hawkeyes. Illinois is up 32-15 and has hit 5 of 7 3-pointers. The Fighting Illini are on an 8-0 run.
7:23 p.m. (1H, 11:34) — Illinois has led by as many as 13 points and now is up 24-13. Iowa has just as many turnovers as baskets (6).
7:10 p.m. (1H, 15:50) — Illinois is on an 8-0 run to lead 10-4 at the first media timeout. Illinois is defending Iowa’s ball handlers very aggressively.
7 p.m. — Iowa starters: Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Miss, Nicholas Baer, Tyler Cook, Luka Garza.
Iowa-Illinois basketball game time, details
- Time: 7 p.m. CT tip-off
- Date: Thursday, Jan. 11
- Location: State Farm Center, Champaign, Ill.
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Illinois?
FS1 will air the Iowa-Illinois game. Tim Brando will call the action while Stephen Bardo provides analysis.
How can I watch Iowa-Illinois online?
FoxSportsGo.com and the FoxSportsGo app will stream the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Illinois on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius 83/XM channel 83. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Illinois, Brian Barnhart (play-by-play), Doug Altenberger (analyst) call the action. In Illinois, 1400 AM/97.1 FM (WDWS/WHMS-Champaign) is the flagship affiliate, while Illini basketball airs throughout the Midwest on 670 AM (WSCR-Chicago). Click here for other Illini radio affiliates.
The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.
Ohio State has the upper hand in the first half, but they haven't kept @iamtc5 below the rim.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 5, 2018
Neither Iowa nor Illinois have lived up to expectations this year. The Hawkeyes expected to contend for an upper-division Big Ten finish and return to the NCAA Tournament. The Fighting Illini thought significant improvement would take place under new coach Brad Underwood.
Yet here are both teams sit winless in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes (9-9 overall, 0-5 Big Ten) have lost their last four league games by at least double digits. The Illini (10-10 overall, 0-4 Big Ten) dropped a pair of overtime games to Northwestern and Maryland in December and recently lost at Minnesota and Michigan by 10 points apiece.
With their goals largely evaporated, Iowa players and coaches focus on narrow ways for improvement rather than what they likely will not attain.
“We really go game-to-game,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “Yeah, OK, at the start of the season we have a goal, not only to get to the NCAA Tournament but to advance. It’s not like you talk about that every day. We want to win as many games as we can. It starts by winning the next one. We don’t really get into all that. It’s, ‘What do we got to do to beat Illinois? What we have to do to prepare to play 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). Illinois’ backcourt features two freshmen Trent Frazier (9.6 ppg) and Mark Smith (8.1 ppg).
Four players average in double figures for Iowa. Forward Tyler Cook leads with 14.7 points per game while guards Isaiah Moss and Jordan Bohannon each put up 12.1. Freshman center Luka Garza (10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg) has just two fewer rebounds than Cook (6.3) for the Hawkeyes.
Although the teams are down, expect a hotly contested game in Champaign between the two long-time rivals.