How to watch the Illini basketball game at the NCAA Tournament
Posted On August 7, 2021
By the time it was all over, there were several thousand people waiting for the doors to open.
There was still a lot to do in downtown Ann Arbor.
But by 4:00 p.m., the buzz had died down and there were still plenty of fans to see.
The Illini defeated the Marquette Golden Eagles 68-64 on Saturday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the third straight year.
The game was one of several in a weekend full of big-name matchups that included a trip to the Final Four and a trip by Ohio State to the Sweet 16.
The game was televised nationally on Fox Sports Midwest Network.
The Golden Eagles are coming off a win against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday night.
They were the Big Ten champions for the first time in the program’s history.
The Bears will face Iowa State in the Final Eight on Sunday.
The Illini won two of three games before this season and have now lost four straight.
“We played a very good game,” Illini coach John Thompson said.
“We had a good rhythm going to the line, getting stops and getting into shots.
We played with an edge.”
But it was Marquette’s offense that stole the show, scoring the first 15 points of the game to put the game out of reach for the Illinis.
Marquette had a 54-40 advantage in first-half points, including a 17-3 run to start the second half.
The Bulldogs were outrebounded by 13 in the first half, which led to five turnovers.
But the Illinas got off to a strong start, outscoring the Bears 28-6 in the paint.
The Bears took a 17th-quarter lead, when they outscored the Illins 19-2 in the quarter.
Marquine got back into the game with a 16-3 spurt, including two 3-pointers.
That was followed by a 7-0 run that led to a 16th-down layup from D’Angelo Johnson with 2:35 left.
Illinois closed the quarter with a 7