Points in Transition: Iowa vs. IL preview

Points in Transition: Iowa vs. IL preview

Down by 20 at one point late in the first half, Iowa battled back with a 12-5 run to end the first half and a 10-0 stretch to begin the second. Coming into the second half, they were down by 13 points, 54-41. Tyler Cook had 21 points and 13 rebounds and freshman Luka Garza collected 19 points and 11 rebounds, including numerous game's biggest plays in the final 10 minutes.

The Illinois Fighting Illini (10-7) are riding in a two-game losing streak including a 79-69 loss to MI in which Kipper Nichols scored 17 points in 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Frazier led IL with a career-high 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, while Leron Black and Aaron Jordan added 18 points each.

Bohannon led all scorers with 29 points, making 7-of-16 field goals, including five 3-pointers, to go along with a 10-for-10 night from the free throw stripe.

The Illini (10-8, 0-5 Big Ten) already had had four players foul out at that point.

Their strength is in their frontcourt, similarly to the Hawkeyes, which is why many have compared the two - that and their winless records in conference play.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Jordan Bohannon scored 29 points as Iowa rallied from a 20-point deficit for a 104-97 overtime win over IL on Thursday night.

Iowa ranks 29th in rebounds per game (40.0) while IL ranks 97th (37.4).

IL set season highs in points in a half (54), field goals made in a half (20) and three-pointers made in a half (9) in the first half. Garza scored 17 of his 19 points in the 2 half and overtime. IL is last in the Big Ten at assist-to-turnover ratio, with 243 team assists to 252 turnovers (0.96-to-1). The Panthers defeated the visiting Tigers 66-59 in their second overtime game this season. "First half was fun to watch, not so much the second".

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IL plays up-tempo in Underwood's system - the Illini are the 46th-fastest-paced team in the nation per KenPom - but his team is only slightly above average in efficiency at 1.041 points per possession (157th).

It was Iowa's second-largest road comeback in program history.

"He's a very good player and I was disappointed with our focus on him", Harris said. Illinois's win probability (pictured below, from ESPN) would hit 97% after that, its highest of the evening.

"It didn't start in the second half", he said.

Overall, the Black and Gold out-rebounded IL by 19 (45-26). Garza finished with a double-double. "When Luka came in, he came in with energy and confidence". He played sparingly in early games this season, prompting his decision to transfer.

Harris took encouragement from the play of the SIUE reserves, who accounted for 31 points, or 18 more than Belmont's substitutes.

Iowa forced IL into committing 31 fouls and four Illini players fouled out in the contest. Taylor Roberts scored 18 points with seven rebounds. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT) in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Both teams struggled to take care of the ball recording 63 combined turnovers in the game. Iowa made its first 17 free throws in the game; Bohannon and Garza had ideal nights, going 10-for-10 and 9-for-9, respectively.

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