Spartans aggression, free throw woes halt Illini win streak, 81-72

By Larry Smith/IlliniGuys.com

It’s been 26 years since a team ran through February and March unblemished on their way to the NCAA championship.  So much that it’s a rite of passage; every eventual champion stumbles late in the season.  Better to do it sooner than later.

5th ranked Illinois fell behind early and never recovered in an 81-72 loss to a Michigan State team that played like a squad desperate to add to a thin NCAA tournament resume.

The Illini (16-6, 12-4) took an early 5-0 lead on a Trent Frazier three . . .

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