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Tracy Abrams spearheaded the Illinois offensive effort in the first half, while the defense was still looking for traction.
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Illinois PG Tracy Abrams had a career night in his hometown of Chicago when the Illini needed it most.
CHICAGO - Tracy Abrams scored a career-high 29 points and No. 12 Illinois beat Auburn 81-79 Saturday
Tracy Abrams scored a career-high 29 points and No. 12 Illinois beat Auburn 81-79 on Saturday.
The Illini (13-1) saw an 11-point lead shrink to one in the closing minutes but they prevailed after falling to Missouri in the Braggin' Rights game a week earlier - their first loss under coach John Groce.
Things got real tense when Frankie Sullivan buried a 3 for Auburn (5-7) to...
It wasn't hard to pinpoint why Auburn lost to No. 12 Illinois on Saturday. Twenty turnovers will do the trick.
While the Tigers kept coughing it up, Tracy Abrams scored 27 points to lead the Illini to an 81-79 victory.
Auburn coach Tony Barbee was not happy.
''We just have to take care of the basketball, it's plain and simple,'' he said. ''Illinois...