Iowa caught fire at the end of the first period and eventually grabbed the lead at 83-82 with 3:01 left in the game. Forward Tyler Cook leads with 14.7 points per game while guards Isaiah Moss and Jordan Bohannon each put up 12.1.
Iowa fell behind by 20 points at IL, before coming back to win, 104-97 in overtime. Their Big Ten Conference record is a miserable 0-5.
Iowa (10-9) and IL (10-8) clashed in Champaign on the evening of January 11 in a battle of winless teams in Big Ten play.
"I said 'This just gives us a chance to win by 10 instead of just 3, "' he said. But Iowa outrebounded the Illini 46-26, including 20-9 in the second half, and outscored IL 33-11 from the free-throw line. "I honestly don't know", he said, shaking his head.
Both teams are in fairly dire need of a win simply to escape what is now a shared Big Ten cellar. Brad Underwood, in his first year in Champaign, has the Illini No. 47 on KenPom.com in defensive efficiency at 0.963 points per possession. Offensively the Hawkeyes rate better, with 110.3 points to Illinois's 104.2 points per 100 possessions, but defensively they rate much worse, at 102.7 points versus 96.3 points allowed per 100 possessions.
FYI: Fighting the flu Saturday at Michigan, Black's seven-point scoring effort was the first time since November 17 he didn't hit double digits playing a full game for the Illini. Cook leads in rebounds with 6.3 while Bohannon tops in assists with 5.0 per game. "We were down 20 in the first half, but we weren't down 20 at halftime".More news: Manchester United offered chance to sign PSG's Lucas Moura
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IL has been able to stay in games with its offense faltering because of three things - aggressive ball pressure defense, offensive rebounding and limiting turnovers. In two of the last three conference games, whenever he's gone off the floor, Iowa's offense disappeared. In the second half, Garza was the X-factor.
"We came out right from the jump in the second half, " Garza said. What we have to do to prepare to play them?' The sophomore went 5 of 12 from 3-point range, but none were bigger than that one.
Four players are averaging at least 9.6 points per game for Illini, they are: Leron Black (14.3), Michael Finke (10.6), Aaron Jordan (9.9) and Trent Frazier (9.6) per game.
The Hawkeyes had 17 offensive rebounds, turning them into 18 second-chance points.
FS1 will air the Iowa-Illinois game. "We're not going to go 0-6".