Posted December 29, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 didn't press us one possession and we ended up with 20 (turnovers). If you watch them play, they're active with their hands, they get their hands on a lot of balls, but you can't be as careless as we were with the ball tonight. We have to address that before we get into (Southeastern Conference play).'' 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. Their next game is the Big 10 opener at Purdue on Wednesday. Things got t...
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