Brad Underwood after Illinois' win over Iowa: 'I'm really glad I don't have to play Luka Garza again'
Illinois took care of business again on Saturday. It swept its series against rival Iowa, beating the Hawkeyes once in the regular season and again in Saturday’s semifinal game of the B1G Tournament.
Brad Underwood is just glad he doesn’t have to prepare for Luka Garza again. Well, at least for a little while.
The Fighting Illini took down the Hawkeyes 82-71 to advance to the championship game of the B1G Tournament. They’ll face Ohio State, which has defeated Minnesota, Purdue and Michigan to play on the final day. Illinois has wins over Rutgers and Iowa.
After the game, Underwood said he was happy about the win, but also relieved that his team won’t have to see the B1G Player of the Year again this season — unless it comes in the NCAA Tournament.
“I’m really glad I don’t have to play Luka Garza again,” Underwood said after the game. “At least for now.”
Garza scored 21 points and collected 12 rebounds in the loss, shooting 8-of-21 from the floor and playing 34 minutes. Illinois was able to get the star in foul trouble, which proved to be effective down the stretch.
Kofi Cockburn had a monster performance on Saturday, scoring a game-high 26 points and collecting 8 boards in the win. Ayo Dosunmu was close to a triple-double with 18 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds in 38 minutes of action. Freshman Andre Curbelo had 12 points and 7 rebounds off the bench.
Illinois will play Ohio State at 3:30 p.m. ET for the B1G Tournament title.