IU beats Illinois in Big Ten tournament, 80-64; advances to semi finals
Indiana University has beaten Illinois in the men's basketball Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal in Chicago.
The final score was 80-64.
Cody Zeller scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Indiana past Illinois.
The top-seeded Hoosiers (27-5) are off to a good start after claiming their first outright conference title in two decades and earning a first-round bye.
They took control midway through the first half and withstood a mild push in the second, avenging a two-point loss at Illinois (22-12) last month. That set up a matchup with Michigan or Wisconsin in Saturday's semifinals.
Zeller had another big game after scoring a season-high 25 in a win at Michigan. He was 9 of 11 from the field and hit all six free throws.
Victor Oladipo added 12 points and 11 rebounds and drew the loudest cheers with a 360 degree fastbreak dunk with 90 seconds left. The Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year, he also helped contain Brandon Paul.
IU will go on to play Wisconsin or Michigan on Saturday at 12:40 pm.