No. 1 Illinois 89, Minnesota 66
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Roger Powell Jr. scored 21 points and Deron Williams added 18 to lead Illinois. The Illini (21-0, 7-0 Big Ten) opened the game with a 10-1 run and stretched their conference winning streak to 17 games, tying a school record set from 1914-16. James Augustine had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Luther Head scored 10. It was the first time in five games that Head failed to lead Illinois in scoring. Minnesota (14-6, 4-3) had trouble with the Illini defense from the start, committing turnovers on its first two possessions. The Golden Gophers were led by Vincent Grier, who scored 17 points. Illinois took a 17-point lead on two consecutive 3-pointers from Williams and a third from Brown with 10:41 to go in the half before Minnesota came back with its own 7-0 run to cut the Illini lead to 29-19. But Powell's jumper and two free throws from Augustine started a 14-5 run to close the half. Illinois led 47-26 at the break and Minnesota got no closer than 18 points after that. Williams and Brown had six assists each for the Illini, who had assists on 21 of 33 baskets. Rico Tucker scored 12 points for Minnesota. Dan Coleman had 11 and Jeff Hagen scored 10.
No. 23 Iowa 72, Indiana 57
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pierre Pierce, one of four Iowa starters benched at the beginning of the game, scored 25 points to lead the Hawkeyes. After a lackluster performance in an overtime loss at Northwestern on Wednesday, Iowa coach Steve Alford started four reserves instead of Pierce, Jeff Horner, Erek Hansen and Greg Brunner. The decision paid off. The No. 23 Hawkeyes (15-5, 3-4 Big Ten) were aggressive on defense, protected the ball and shot 65 percent from the free throw line -- areas the team failed miserably in during the loss to the Wildcats. Horner scored 16 points, including 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, and Brunner added 13 points and nine rebounds. Brunner's basket at the 14:25 mark in the first half gave Iowa a lead it never relinquished in handing Indiana its second straight defeat. Freshman D.J. White led the Hoosiers (9-9, 4-3) for the second straight game, tying a career high with 23 points.