Posted March 15, 2013 on AP on Fox
There were no thrills from Brandon Paul in this one, no last-second jumpers to send Illinois to the next round. The Fighting Illini bowed out of the Big Ten tournament. Now, they'll wait to see where the NCAA sends them. Cody Zeller scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Indiana past Illinois 80-64 Friday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. ''If you compete at a high level, you can beat anybody in the country,'' Paul said. ''We came in with the mindset that we can win all these games. I feel like once we put two halves together, we'll be in a good position. Sometimes, one half our defense will be off and the next half our offense will be off. Once we put two halves together, we're going to be a force to be reckoned with. We're going to have to continue to look forward to Sunday because I feel like we have a lot of basketball left.'' The Illini simply couldn't put it together after beating Minnes...
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