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Illinois players react Friday during the final seconds of their loss to Indiana in the Big Ten men's basketball tournament at the United Center.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Indiana's Victor Oladipo dunks during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament against Illinois Friday, March 15, 2013, in Chicago. Indiana won 80-64. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Indiana's Cody Zeller (40) dunks during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament against Illinois Friday, March 15, 2013, in Chicago. Indiana won 80-64. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Illinois forward Sam McLaurin looks to pass surrounded by Indiana's defenders including Indiana forward Christian Watford, right, in the Big Ten men's basketball tournament at the United Center in Chicago Friday.

George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Illinois guard Brandon Paul turns the corner with a screen from forward Tyler Griffey against Indiana in the Big Ten men's basketball tournament at the United Center in Chicago Friday.

Indiana's Cody Zeller rebounds over Illinois' Nnanna Egwu (32) and Myke Henry (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament Friday, March 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Despite all the obstacles in their path, the Illini scrapped and clawed and actually kept things competitive much of the game, getting to within 8 points late in the second half before Indiana turned it up a notch down the stretch en route to an 80-64 victory in front of a Hoosier-laden crowd at the United Center.
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    • Illinois players react Friday during the final seconds of their loss to Indiana in the Big Ten men's basketball tournament at the United Center.
    • Indiana's Victor Oladipo dunks during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament against Illinois Friday, March 15, 2013, in Chicago. Indiana won 80-64. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
    • Indiana's Cody Zeller (40) dunks during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament against Illinois Friday, March 15, 2013, in Chicago. Indiana won 80-64. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
    • George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Illinois forward Sam McLaurin looks to pass surrounded by Indiana's defenders including Indiana forward Christian Watford, right, in the Big Ten men's basketball tournament at the United Center in Chicago Friday.
    • George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Illinois guard Brandon Paul turns the corner with a screen from forward Tyler Griffey against Indiana in the Big Ten men's basketball tournament at the United Center in Chicago Friday.
    • Indiana's Cody Zeller rebounds over Illinois' Nnanna Egwu (32) and Myke Henry (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament Friday, March 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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