Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Cody Zeller scored 24 points to lead five
Indiana players in double figures, as the third-ranked Hoosiers pulled away
late to earn an 80-64 victory over Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big
Christian Watford scored 15 points, while Victor Oladipo and Yogi Ferrell each
chipped in 12 for Indiana (27-5), which won the Big Ten regular season title
outright for the first time since 1993 but has never won the tournament crown.
The top-seeded Hoosiers, who also received 11 points from Will Sheehey, will
next play the winner between Wisconsin and Michigan in Saturday's semifinals.
Tracy Abrams and Brandon Paul each scored 16 points to lead Illinois (22-12),
which beat Minnesota in the first round on Thursday to likely seal an NCAA
Tournament bid. Paul, who hit the winning shot at the buzzer in the Illini's
51-49 win on Thursday, didn't make a field goal in the second half Friday.
Illinois handed Indiana one of its four conference losses, taking a 74-72
decision Feb. 7 in Champaign on Tyler Griffey's uncontested layup just before
The Hoosiers, who were No. 1 at the time, made sure this one never got that
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