IL vs. Iowa - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IL vs. Iowa - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IL vs. Iowa - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Hawkeyes dug themselves a gaping hole on the scoreboard again Thursday night, but staged a frenetic second-half comeback and then dominated in overtime on their way to their first Big Ten victory, a 104-97 conquest of a determined IL team at State Farm Arena. After Trent Frazier's three pointer in the first half, IL had a 49-29 lead.

On Jan. 2, 2016, Iowa rallied from 19 points down with 2:21 left in the first half to stun Purdue 70-63 at Mackey Arena. Every time IL needed a big shot, Frazier stepped up and made it. Frazier tied the game with a one-legged three at the buzzer in regulation.

Jordan Bohannon scored 29 points to help Iowa rally from a 20-point deficit for a 104-97 overtime win over IL on Thursday night.

Iowa shot 50 percent from the field for the game, making 32-of-64 field goals. Luka Garza had his best game as a Hawkeye.

Frazier doesn't lack for confidence - in himself or in his teammates - even after two more Big Ten losses last week put IL at 0-4 in the conference.

Coming up from State Farm Center on Thursday, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini will be matching up on the college basketball court. He had 18 3-pointers in 17 games heading into Thursday's contest.

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Iowa's 104 points were the most it has scored against IL in the teams' series.

Iowa wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 15 points from turnovers, compared to Illinois' 22.

The Illinois Fighting Illini (10-7) are riding in a two-game losing streak including a 79-69 loss to MI in which Kipper Nichols scored 17 points in 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. The Panthers defeated the visiting Tigers 66-59 in their second overtime game this season.

Iowa's 20-point comeback was the third-largest in school history, right behind a 22-point deficit against IL in 1987 and a 23-point comeback against Gardner-Webb in 2012.

Garza scored 13 of his 19 points in the last five minutes of regulation and in overtime as the Hawkeyes showed tremendous resilience.

Iowa big man Garza essentially took over for Iowa in the final four minutes of regulation, scoring seven points to give Iowa the lead, which it held until Frazier's buzzer-beater sent the game into overtime.

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It would have been easy for Iowa to mail it in in the second half. He had 19 points and 11 rebounds and was huge down the stretch.

Isaiah Moss (12 points) and Nicholas Baer (10 points) rounded out the starting five's scoring, all starters scoring in double figures on the night. But less than three minutes into the second half, the Hawkeyes changed that tune with emphasis.

Losing might have stung less if the Illini hadn't played like a champion before it really mattered.

The Hawkeyes had 17 offensive rebounds, turning them into 18 second-chance points.

Some who follow Iowa have in recent weeks questioned whether or not the Hawkeyes had checked out; whether they were completely lost and weren't accepting Fran McCaffery's coaching. The flu had plagued the team since before the Minnesota game a week previous, and it stubbornly lingered and forced Mark Smith from the starting lineup.

Iowa committed 17 turnovers in the game, but only six came in the second half and in overtime. Iowa made its first 17 free throws in the game; Bohannon and Garza had flawless nights, going 10-for-10 and 9-for-9, respectively.

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