Indiana men’s basketball beats top seed Illinois, advances to Big Ten Tournament semifinal

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Indiana men’s basketball needed a win against No. 8 seed Michigan on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament to even be in the conversation to make 

On Friday, it continued its winning ways and likely punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament by taking down No. 1 seed 65-63 Illinois in the quarterfinals at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Indiana advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2013 and became the first No. 9 seed to accomplish that feat since 2002. 

While Indiana’s showing in the conference tournament is likely enough to make the NCAA Tournament,

senior guard Xavier Johnson and junior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis both reiterated just making the semifinal isn’t their goal. 

Indiana and Illinois went back and forth the entire second half Friday. The lead switched hands seven times after halftime, and in the final five minutes neither team took a lead larger than 3 points.

Illinois junior center Kofi Cockburn, who finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, made a pair of free throws to take a 63-62 lead with 33 seconds left to play. 

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