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Goodbye to the double bye: 5 takeaways from Iowa’s loss to Illinois

The Hawkeyes comeback bid fell one bucket short on Sunday against Illinois, as the Illini won 78-76 Sunday evening in Champaign. Luka Garza scored 28 points for Iowa. Joe Toussaint scored 14 and Connor McCaffery added 10 as well.

Iowa fell to 20-11 this year, 11-9 in the Big Ten, while Illinois moved to 21-10 and 13-7 in conference play. The Illini locked up a double bye in the Big Ten Tournament, meaning Iowa will play on Thursday.

Here are five takeaways from Iowa’s loss to Illinois.

Iowa couldn’t buy a bucket in the second half.