College Hoops Saturday - Illini get big win over No. 14 Wisconsin, Bradley routs Valparaiso

Published: Jan. 7, 2023 at 6:41 PM CST
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(25 News Now) - Illinois basketball got the monkey off their back in a big way on Saturday afternoon. The Illini picked up their first Big Ten win of the season with a 79-69 win over No. 14 Wisconsin at State Farm Center. The Illini were led by a big day from Terrance Shannon who put in a team-high 24 points. Coleman Hawkins was also mighty impressive, hitting six threes en route to 20 points. They’ll try to make it back-to-back Big Ten wins on Tuesday night as they visit Nebraska for an 8 p.m. tipoff.

In the Missouri Valley Conference, Bradley got a nice bounce-back win with a 88-66 rout of Valparaiso. Five players hit double figures for the Braves, paced by Malevy Leons’ team-high 19. Rienk Mast chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. BU is now 4-2 in MVC play as they prepare for a Wednesday night matchup at home against Evansville.

Illinois State was also a winner on Saturday as they beat Evansville 69-61.