No. 12 Illinois outscores Northwestern by 40 points in the 2nd half for an 81-56 rout in Evanston

After Northwestern made yet another 3-pointer, Illinois coach Brad Underwood called a first-half timeout. He inched close to several players’ faces and screamed: “What are you doing?” After throwing the ball away and missing shots in a lifeless first half, the Illini had an answer for Underwood in the second half to overcome a 15-point deficit for an 81-56 victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. Illinois outscored Northwestern 53-13 after halftime, begging the question of which was more remarkable: the Illini’s fire or the Wildcats’ frigidity? The Illini (9-3, 5-1 Big Ten) shot 59.4% in the s…

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