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Indiana Closes Out Illinois at Big Ten Tournament

ANN ARBOR, MI - MARCH 10:  Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates a 72-71 victory over Michigan Wolverines with teammates at Crisler Center on March 10, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Scott HenryFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2013

The top-seeded Indiana Hoosiers extracted a measure of revenge for one of the college basketball season's most surprising upsets, defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini 80-64 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.

Indiana center Cody Zeller packed his stat line to the tune of 24 points, eight rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks, leading all scorers. Four other Hoosiers joined him in double figures.

Victor Oladipo struggled through the first half, but still finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. He put the exclamation point on the day with a vicious 360 dunk in the final two minutes to cement the victory.

Illinois once again lived and died with Brandon Paul's shooting, and today, both died. Paul made only 2-of-13 from the floor for 14 points. Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 16. As a team, the Illini shot only 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from the floor.

The Hoosiers move on to face either Wisconsin or Michigan in the semifinals. Illinois heads home to await Sunday's NCAA tournament selection show.

After defeating Minnesota yesterday, the Illini should be relatively confident of a bid, while Indiana's win today may have cemented that coveted Midwest top seed.

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