Rayvonte Rice led a furious second-half comeback on Saturday, scoring 28 points as the University of Illinois beat the University of Illinois-Chicago 74-60.
Draymond Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Austin Thornton scored a career-high 17 points to lead No. 7 Michigan State past short-handed Purdue 76-62 Sunday.
Purdue has kicked guard Kelsey Barlow off the men’s basketball team and suspended D.J. Byrd for a game following an incident at a bar early Friday.
Robbie Hummel didn’t have to do his usual damage for Purdue to overwhelm Illinois.
It’s time to put on your dancing shoes, make those last minute tweaks to your bracket and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef, green beer and what is sure to be a full day of crazy tournament action.