No. 24 Minnesota defeats No. 20 Illinois -

No. 24 Minnesota defeats No. 20 Illinois

Minneapolis ( -- The No 20 Illinois men's basketball team was hoping to make a statement in Thursday's Big Ten game featuring two teams ranked in the Top-25.

The No. 24 Minnesota Golden Gophers were the team that made a statement with a 59-36 win at "The Barn." It was Minnesota's (18-3, 6-3 Big Ten) first victory over Illinois in 10 years.

The Fighting Illini (17-4, 5-3) missed 21 first half shots and scored just 16 points. Illinois finished the game shooting 15-for 51. Dominique Keller led the team with nine points.

Illinois returns to Assembly Hall on Feb. 1 to face the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Adam Musto is a Journalism student at the University of Illinois

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