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Illinois Tops Indiana, Will Face Michigan In Big Ten Quarterfinals

Illinois' Nnanna Egwu, left, and Rayvonte Rice, right, challenge the shot of Indiana's Stanford Robinson. (Getty Images)

Illinois’ Nnanna Egwu, left, and Rayvonte Rice, right, challenge the shot of Indiana’s Stanford Robinson. (Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tracy Abrams had 25 points to lead ninth-seeded Illinois to a 64-54 win over eight-seed Indiana on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

The Illini (19-13) used runs of 9-0 in the first half and 11-0 in the second half to improve to 6-2 all-time against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament.

The victory sends Illinois into a second-round matchup on Friday with Big Ten regular-season champion and eighth-ranked Michigan.

Abrams stymied a late rally by the Hoosiers (17-15) with a 3-pointer and two free throws that turned a late 53-52 Illinois lead into a 58-52 advantage.

Rayvonte Rice added 13 points and Kendrick Nunn scored 10 for the Illini.

Yogi Ferrell led the Hoosiers with 14 points. Will Sheehey added 13 points — 11 of them in the first half — and Troy Williams scored 11 for Indiana.

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