Illinois, Michigan advance

<p>Top seeded Illini will face Wolverines in a Big Ten Tournament semifinal Saturday afternoon.

Illinois 71, Indiana 59

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Luther Head and Deron Williams combined for 49 points as No. 1 seed Illinois held serve in Friday's initial quarterfinal in the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Hoosiers tied the game at 52-52 with five minutes, 46 seconds left when junior guard Mark Johnson, an Oregon, Wis., native, knocked down his fourth 3-pointer of the game.

Williams, though, took over down the stretch, scoring 10 points, including two consecutive 3-pointers, in an 11-2 run over the next three minutes. He finished with 20 points and seven assists.

"Knowing Deron for so long, I have seen his development as a basketball player, especially on the offensive side," said Indiana guard Bracey Wright, who played with Williams in high school. "He has become a fun player to watch on the court. In high school, he was not a very good shooter and did not look for his shot. You can see that he has spent a lot (of) time on his shot because he is very confident every time he shoots the ball, and he's ready to take the big shot when he is needed."

Head, who had a career-high 29, hit 6 of 6 free throws in the final 2:11 to help ice it. Johnson led Indiana with a career-high 16 points, one day after scoring a then career-high 13 in a first-round win over Ohio State.

Story courtesy of BadgerNation.com


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