No. 10 Illinois ends up being latest top-10 group to fall
Jan 14, 2024, 05:07 PM ET CHAMPAIGN, Ill.– Jahmir Young scored 28 points and Julian Reese had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Maryland to a 76-67 success over No. 10 Illinois, the 10th time today a group ranked in the top 10 of the AP men’s college basketball survey has lost.Maryland (11-6
, 3-3 Huge 10) outscored Illinois 39-28 in the 2nd half, taking the lead for good on a dunk by Reese with 15:32 to go that made it 47-46. The Terrapins, who were 9.5-point underdogs according to ESPN BET, won a Huge Ten road game for the very first time this season.Marcus Domask scored 26 points for Illinois(12-4, 3-2)and Luke Goode had 13. Coleman Hawkins, who had actually scored in double figures in seven straight games for the Illini, fouled out with 2:50 left. He had eight points and seven rebounds.Editor’s Picks Maryland came in focused on decreasing the 6-foot-10 Hawkins at both ends of the flooring
.”He’s a match headache on offense,”Terps coach Kevin Willard stated.”So, we chose to pound the ball inside to Julian and make Hawkins safeguard that rather of switching to the boundary. We knew that would wear him out eventually. “Illinois coach Brad Underwood took the blame for the loss.”Maryland should have all the credit. Every ounce of it. It’s my fault for not getting these guys in the right mindset defensively, “he stated.
“Now we can sign up with the crowd. Every other top-10 group lost this week to an unranked team. Doesn’t make it feel any better.”Eight AP top-10 teams lost this past week as only No. 4 UConn and No. 7 North Carolina were unscathed.The Illini shot 22.5 %( 9-of-40)from the field in the 2nd half.A jumper by Domask got Illinois within 68-65 with 1:09 to go, however Maryland reacted with a 6-0 go to put the game away.Illinois led 39-37 at halftime
thanks to Dain Dainja, who scored 5 points over the last 1:28 of the first half.Illinois is 3-2 in five games without star Terrence Shannon Jr., who has actually been suspended by the university because he’s dealing with a rape charge in Lawrence, Kansas.Shannon looked for a short-lived limiting order last week in U.S. District Court in Springfield that, if given, would force the university to reinstate him to the team. Judge Colleen Lawless promised to rule”in an expedient manner.” Shannon will be arraigned on the rape charge Thursday in Lawrence
. The trial isn’t expected to start until June.The Associated Press contributed to this report.