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.