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1/20 Big Ten Recap: Iowa Beats Illinois

Recap all the Big Ten action from Sunday.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten only had one game on Sunday, but it was one with implications for the NCAA Tournament as Illinois went on the road to face Iowa. The game wasn’t all that competitive, but it still had an impact on the league moving forward.

Let’s take a look at what happened.

Game of the Day:

-No. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes 95, Illinois Fighting Illini 71

Generally speaking, this game lived up to the billing. Iowa was a significant favorite before tipoff and the game was over at halftime. The Hawkeyes had a 15-point lead at that point and were able to cruise to an easy win. All told, Iowa grabbed a 95-71 win over the Illini.

While this may not look like a significant win for Iowa on its face, it is an important one moving forward. The win pushed Iowa to 16-3 overall and 5-3 in league play and prevented Iowa from taking at least one bad loss at home. For the Hawkeyes, it’s all about building a resume moving forward and avoiding bad losses is a huge part of that. Iowa will now prepare for Michigan State at home on Thursday night.

For Illinois, this is another disappointing loss. Although it was expected, fans hoped to see more fight out of the Illini after beating down Minnesota earlier in the week. Illinois will hope to get back on track on Wednesday at home against Wisconsin.