The Iowa Hawkeyes will play the Illinois Fighting Illini in one of the college basketball games on Thursday, start time at 8:00 PM ET. After Trent Frazier's three pointer in the first half, IL had a 49-29 lead. His 19 points and 11 rebounds came largely in the second half and overtime, and his and-1 in overtime was crucial to Iowa getting the game out of reach.
IL needed a miracle to get the game to overtime and got one when Trent Frazier hit a body-twisting, off-balance 3 from in front of the Illini bench as time expired.
The Hawkeyes came out on top in overtime, 104-97, for their first conference win of the season. The Hawkeyes made a living at the free-throw line - 33 of their 40 attempts from the stripe - and that was a huge difference-maker when capitalizing on the Illini zone defense. The Hawkeyes knocked down shots at a 50 percent rate, and the Illini shot 48.6 percent.
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. Black and sophomore forward Kipper Nichols scored four points apiece as the Illini surged to a 15-4 lead.
Baer's 3-pointer pulled Iowa into a 79-79 knot with 5:45 left and Garza's layup with 3:02 to go pushed the Hawkeyes to their first lead since 4-2 at 18:32 of the first half.
IL is a 5.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 154.5 points. More impressive, though, was Illinois's three point shooting, which stood at an unreal 9/15 (60%) at half.
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. It was an insane, off-balance three as time expired that tied the game at 90.
The second half and overtime belonged to Garza and Ryan Kriener.
Iowa's second-biggest comeback took place on January 14, 1987, also in Champaign, Ill.
Radio: Brian Barnhart (play-by-play) and former Illini Deon Thomas (expert analysis) have the call on the Illini Sports Network on WHMS 97.5-FM, WDAN 1490-AM, WDNL 102.1-FM and WPXN 104.9-FM.
IL rode Black for 14 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but he picked up his fourth foul with 9:27 left and took a seat again with IL up 74-72.
"It didn't start in the second half", he said. "We were down 20 in the first half, but we weren't down 20 at halftime". Tia Wooten was 10-of-10 from the free throw line and finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 boards. "When Luka came in, he came in with energy and confidence".
IL ranks 34th in steals per game (8.0) while Iowa ranks 162nd (5.4). He had played well up until that point, and he was looking for the opportunity. Pace tallied a career-high 18 points. But Iowa is a team Underwood remains wary of heading into today's game. The Hawkeyes have lost their last three games, most recently falling to Maryland on Sunday.
Iowa had their best run in the 2nd Half with 17:52 on the clock. They're the only two Illini players averaging in double-digits but Aaron Jordan is close on 9.9 PPG.