Indiana fell out of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday afternoon with a whimper.
The No. 8 Hoosiers shot 35.3 percent from the field, missed their final 12 3-point shots and committed 16 turnovers in a 64-54 loss to No. 9 Illinois in first round action at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana (17-15) will now have to wait until Sunday night to see if it is NIT bound. Illinois improves to 19-13 and will face Michigan on Friday at Noon.
Tracy Abrams scored 25 points and proved to the back breaker all day long for the Illini Thursday.
Twice he hit big 3-pointers that slowed IU rallies.
The Hoosiers, who had trailed by as many as nine in the first half and seven in the second half, rallied to cut the deficit to one at 53-52 with 3:12 to play on an inside shot by Austin Etherington.
On its next possession, Illinois got a big 3 from a wide open Abrams at the left wing to make it 56-52.
Indiana would only score two points in the final 3:12.
Indiana made six of its first eight 3-point field goals before missing the final 12.
Vonleh struggled again for the Hoosiers. He had six points on 3-of-9 shooting and pulled down five rebounds.