Illinois head coach Bruce Weber yells out to his players against Gonzaga during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching) By Jim Prisching
The Illinois men’s basketball team entered Tuesday’s contest having allowed the most points per game in the Big Ten. But Iowa arrived in Champaign with the lowest-scoring offense in the conference, and the Illini easily handled the Hawkeyes, 59-42, in a game that was never in doubt.
“We needed to get off to a better start, and it’s the first time in eight games that we won the first five-minute war,” Illinois head coach Bruce Weber said.
Saturday’s slow start against Gonzaga – in which Illinois trailed 10-0 to start the game and by as many as 21 in the first half – generated the many questions over the vulnerability of Weber’s traditionally strong defense.
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