Rapid Reaction: Indiana 80, Illinois 64

March, 15, 2013
3/15/13
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at Indiana's 80-64 win over Illinois in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals at the United Center on Friday.

<How it happened: Poor shooting coupled by the play of Cody Zeller led to a disastrous first half for Illinois. The Illini shot 7-of-27 from the field, and Zeller scored 14 points in the first half to give the Hoosiers a 35-21 halftime lead. The Illini's offense awoke in the second half, but their defense still couldn't find any answers for Indiana. The Hoosiers' advantage never fell to less than eight points in the second half. Brandon Paul and Tracy Abrams each scored a team-high 16 points for Illinois. Indiana's Victor Oladipo had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Indiana out-rebounded Illinois 38-26.

What it means: Another win over Indiana could have helped the Illini for seeding purposes, but the Illini are still considered a lock for the NCAA tournament. They went 6-10 against top-50 BPI opponents and have high-quality wins at Gonzaga and against Indiana and Ohio State. ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi had Illinois as an eighth seed as of Thursday.

Player of the game: Zeller was a factor, but not a huge one in the teams' first meeting this season. He stepped it up in Thursday's rematch. He finished with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting and eight rebounds.

What's next: Indiana moves onto the Big Ten tournament semifinals on Saturday. The Illini will return to Champaign and wait for their name to be called on Sunday.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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