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Illinois (6-2, 1-0) vs. Iowa (7-1, 0-1)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa; Monday, 6 p.m. CST
BOTTOM LINE: Illinois looks for its ninth straight conference win against Iowa. Illinois’ last Big Ten loss came against the Michigan State Spartans 81-72 on Feb. 23. Iowa lost 77-70 on the road to Purdue in its most recent game.
STEPPING UP: Iowa’s Keegan Murray has averaged 21.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and two blocks while Kris Murray has put up 10.3 points and five rebounds. For the Fighting Illini, Kofi Cockburn has averaged 15 points and 6.6 rebounds while Alfonso Plummer has put up 15.1 points.
LONG-RANGE THREAT: Illinois’s Plummer has attempted 57 3-pointers and connected on 42.1 percent of them, and is 21 of 44 over his last five games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Iowa offense has recorded a turnover on only 11.8 percent of its possessions, which is the second-best rate in the country. The Illinois defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.6 percent of all possessions (ranked 272nd among Division I teams).