Illinois’ defense spurs win over No. 9 Michigan State


February 6, 2019 - 10:49 AM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach Brad Underwood had tears in his eyes after his Illini upset Tom Izzo’s ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans.

“Michigan State is a great team, and Tom is a great coach,” Underwood said. “They’re everything I want to be.”

Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, and the Illini used its swarming defense to shock the Spartans. Illinois forced 24 turnovers by Michigan State, including 17 in the first half.

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