Illini beat down Hawkeyes 82-71; face Buckeyes for Big Ten crown

By Larry Smith/IlliniGuys.com

All-American Kofi Cockburn scored 18 of his game-high 26 points in the first half as #3 Illinois took the lead early in the first half and never gave it up as they beat down 5th ranked Iowa 82-71  in the Big Ten semifinals.

The Hawkeyes were looking to avenge a late January loss in Champaign and bolster their bid for a #1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament, but had no answers for the Illini's 7-foot sophomore center.

Cockburn added eight rebounds, but lost in the stat sheet is the . . .

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