Illinois Basketball: 3 observations from the Illini win over Lindenwood

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CHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 26: Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Brad Underwood shouts across the court during the college basketball game between the Lindenwood Lions and the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 26, 2019, at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Illinois basketball team managed to top their 49-point victory with a 52-point victory on Tuesday night against Lindenwood.

This game started pretty bad for the Illini. We made the first basket of the game, but then Lindenwood went on a little run. They dropped eight points in a row which was capped off by a three-point shot. Illinois faced an 8-2 deficit less than three minutes into the game. That would be the last time this Lindenwood team would have any chance, though.

After Lindenwood took an 8-2 lead, the Illini turned to a different gear and went on a 21-0 run. This gave the Orange and Blue the lead 23-8. Lindenwood would break that run with a couple of free throws, but Illinois would continue pushing. With 9:49 to go in the first half, Illinois took their first 20-point lead of the game.

It would not get better for Lindenwood. Illinois kept scoring. After Ayo Dosunmu made a three-pointer, the Illini took their first 30-point lead of the game 61-29. Illinois went into the halftime locker room up 66-29.

The second half was a little less ugly, but it was still pretty bad. Illinois took their first 40-point lead less than two minutes into the second half 73-32. We would then go on another little run and got the deficit up to 50 points for the first time at the 1:15 mark left in the game. The Illini would then cruise to an easy 117-65 victory.

Here are three observations from the Illini win over Lindenwood.

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