Semifinals of 2024 B1G Ten Men’s basketball tournament presented by TIAA.

Wisconsin (22-12) 76 Purdue (29-4) 75 overtime

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Illinois (25-8) 98 Nebraska (23-10) 87

The Illini of Head Coach Brad Underwood must have told his team at the half, with Illinois trailing Nebraska 51 to 40, do you guys (the team) have some plans for tomorrow that I don’t know about, because the Illini came out and pressured Nebraska into costly fouls and turnovers and missed shots as they came all the way back to a register a comfortable eleven-point advantage.

That intensity sends them into the 2024 B1G Ten Men’s Championship game against Wisconsin, who earlier defeated Purdue.

This game was definitely a game of two halves, as Nebraska started off the game like Indiana was the same opponent as like the previous night, though this time Reink Mast was the point of emphasis for the Huskers as he scored eleven of the first fifteen Husker points.

Brice Williams and Keisei Tominaga would soon join in the scoring fray, and it took the Huskers to a 51 to 40 halftime advantage.

As I said previously, the second half was a team on a mission as the Illini caught fire under Terrance Shannon, Jr. as he drove the ball in the paint, sprung outside for three’s and was effective at the free throw line.

Also, large in the comeback was the shooting of Homestead (Indiana) High School’s Luke Goode who buried three shots from behind the arc to cut the Husker lead to under six points.

As last night, Ty Rodgers played well from all over the court as he scored and assisted teammates buckets.

Marcus Domask and Quincy Guerrier would both be crucial in Illinois victory.

Shannon would score 40 points for the Illini breaking a scoring record that Northwestern’s Michael Thompson had held.

Shannon was eleven of twenty-two shots from the field including five of nine from deep range and an outstanding 13 of 16 at the line.

Domask would add 16 points and add eight assists, Guerrier added thirteen points, Ty Rodgers would claim thirteen rebounds with four assists.

Coleman Hawkins would score nine points and claim seven boards while Goode would score 12 and pull down six rebounds.

Nebraska was led by Brice Williams with 23 followed by Tominaga with 18 and Mast with 15.

Josiah Allick would haul in seven rebounds for the Huskers.


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