Illinois knocks off Iowa, 82-71, in the Big Ten tournament semifinals

INDIANAPOLIS — Illinois will be seeking two Sunday celebrations. The Illini will play for its first Big Ten Tournament championship since 2005, facing Ohio State in the title game. They’ll be rewarded — potentially doubly — a few hours later when they hear their name called on Selection Sunday for the first time since 2013. No. 2 seed Illinois (22-6) advanced by beating third-seeded Iowa, 82-71, in Saturday’s semifinals behind an array of rim-rattling dunks, flexing in the paint, sizzling transition shots and plain old moxie. The Illini appear to be peaking right on cue. Illinois was looking f…

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