Hawkeyes’ rally falls short at Illinois in game that had it all

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Iowa’s Luka Garza (55) blocks the shot of Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn (21) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Full coverage from the Hawkeyes’ loss to Illinois.

Iowa missed out on a double-bye and will be the 5-seed at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.

AP recap

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Ayo Dosunmu scored 17 points and No. 23 Illinois held off No. 18 Iowa 78-76 to secure the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Conference tournament.

Andres Feliz scored 14 points, Kofi Cockburn had 12 and Kipper Nichols added 10 for Illinois.

Luka Garza scored a game-high 28 points for Iowa, which finished in a four-way tie for fifth in the Big Ten and will be the No. 5 seed in the tournament.

Joe Toussaint scored 14 and Connor McCaffery added 10.

Illinois built a 17-point lead late in the game that evaporated to two points in the final seconds.

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Follow along as the No. 18 Hawkeyes travel to No. 23 Illinois with a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament at stake.

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No. 18 Iowa (20-10, 11-8) vs. No. 23 Illinois (20-10, 12-7)

State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois; Sunday, 6 p.m. CT

BOTTOM LINE: No. 18 Iowa looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over No. 23 Illinois. Iowa has won by an average of 14 points in its last five wins over the Fighting Illini. Illinois’ last win in the series came on Feb. 18, 2017, a 70-66 win.

VETERAN LEADERSHIP: Iowa’s Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Ryan Kriener have combined to account for 59 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 61 percent of all Hawkeyes points over the last five games.

SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Garza has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Iowa field goals over the last five games. The junior big man has accounted for 48 field goals and 10 assists in those games.

SLIPPING AT 72: Illinois is 0-6 this year when it allows 72 points or more and 20-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 72.

PASSING FOR POINTS: The Hawkeyes have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Illini. Illinois has an assist on 38 of 74 field goals (51.4 percent) across its previous three contests while Iowa has assists on 53 of 75 field goals (70.7 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Illinois is ranked 10th among Division I teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 35.9 percent. The Fighting Illini have averaged 12.7 offensive boards per game.

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