CHICAGO (CBS) — The Big Ten Tournament returned to the Illini’s and the Wildcat’s backyard, but they’re the hosts without the most.
The struggling in-state rivals were relegated to Wednesday’s bottom-feeder bracket game.
The Cats were without senior Vic Law, who hasn’t recovered from the leg injury he suffered in the regular season finale. Giorgi Bezhanishvili was a bright spot for the orange with 26 points before fouling out.
Northwestern’s A.J. Turner tied the game at 56-56. The game went into overtime when Andres Feliz had a chance to win it at the buzzer but missed the shot.
The Illini survived overtime 74-69 to advance to the second round to face Iowa.