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Illinois' Andres Feliz celebrates a victory over Iowa in an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Dosunmu, No. 23 Illinois hold off No. 18 Iowa 78-76

Mar. 8, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The rivalry between Illinois and Iowa is heating up. “Basically, they want to kill us, and we want to kill them,” the Illini's Ayo Dosunmu said. Dosunmu scored 17 points to lead No. 23 Illinois past No. 18 Iowa 78-76 on Sunday, securing the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten...

Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson, center, shoots between Illinois' Kofi Cockburn, left, and Kipper Nichols during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 71-63. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

No. 19 Ohio State rallies to beat No. 23 Illinois 71-63

Mar. 5, 2020 11:23 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With one of Ohio State's key big men out with an ankle injury, freshman E.J. Liddell stepped in and played his best game as a Buckeye so far. Liddell slammed in a dunk that gave the Buckeyes the lead for good on the way to tying a career high with 17 points and pulling down a...

Illinois head coach Brad Underwood talks to his team as they take on Indiana in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Illinois rewards Underwood with 3-year contract extension

Mar. 2, 2020 3:40 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season with a three-year contract extension through 2026, the school announced Monday. The move comes with the Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood's third season. They...

Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu (11) goes up to shoot as Indiana's Race Thompson (25) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Dosunmu scores 17 Illini hold off Hoosiers 67-66

Mar. 1, 2020 5:51 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu is becoming legendary at Illinois for his hustle, talent and an intangible yet reliable ability to take over a game and win it in the final seconds. On Sunday, the sophomore guard (and possibly NBA hopeful either this year or next) added another chapter, scoring a...

Maryland's Darryl Morsell celebrates his go-ahead 3-point basket against Minnesota late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Minneapolis. Maryland won 74-73. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Terps close in on 1st Big Ten title, with Spartans next

Feb. 28, 2020 2:13 AM EST

What to watch this week in Big Ten basketball: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Michigan State at Maryland, Saturday. The ninth-ranked Terrapins are coming off one of the most remarkable comeback victories in the conference this year — a 74-73 win Wednesday at Minnesota on Darryl Morsell's 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds...

Illinois center Kofi Cockburn, center, reacts as he dunks against Northwestern guard Pat Spencer, left, and forward Robbie Beran during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Griffin scores career-high 24 as Illini beat Northwestern

Feb. 27, 2020 11:33 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Alan Griffin relaxed with his headphones on and chilled out in bed. By the time he stepped on the court a few hours later, he sure was in tune. Griffin set career highs with 24 points and six 3-pointers, Ayo Dosunmu scored 21 and Illinois beat struggling Northwestern 74-66 on Thursday...

Penn State's Izaiah Brockington (12) drives the baseline on Illinois' Alan Griffin (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gary M. Baranec)

Dosunmu scores 24, Illinois beats No. 9 Penn State 62-56

Feb. 18, 2020 9:41 PM EST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu felt well enough during warm-ups to return to lineup. That was enough for Illinois against No. 9 Penn State. Dosunmu, the Fighting Illini’s leading scorer who missed the previous game with a knee injury, scored 24 points, and Illinois snapped a four-game losing...

Rutgers' Myles Johnson, left, tries to dunk the ball over Ohio State's Andre Wesson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Rutgers 72-66. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Harper scores 27, Rutgers beats No. 22 Illinois 72-57

Feb. 15, 2020 8:16 PM EST

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Ron Harper Jr. broke out of his shooting slump with one of those nights where he hit almost everything. Harper hit all five of his 3-pointers and scored 27 points, and Rutgers remained unbeaten at home with a 72-57 victory over No. 22 Illinois on Saturday, sending the Illini to...

Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu (11) reacts to being called for a foul while attempting to steal the ball against Michigan State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Illinois says MRI shows no damage to Dosunmu's knee

Feb. 12, 2020 6:35 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois star guard Ayo Dosunmu suffered no structural damage to his left knee in an awkward fall at the end of a loss to Michigan State, the school said. Dosunmu had an MRI on Wednesday after getting hurt the previous night. No timetable was given for the sophomore's return....

Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu (11) reacts to being called for a foul while attempting to steal the ball against Michigan State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Dosunmu hurt after Spartans' late dunk; No. 22 Illini fall

Feb. 12, 2020 1:06 AM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois suffered two brutal losses by the final horn Tuesday night. Star guard Ayo Dosunmu crumbled to the floor clutching his left knee moments after Michigan State's Xavier Tillman threw down a huge dunk that lifted the Spartans over the 22nd-ranked Illini 70-69. Illinois did not...