Despite an ugly start by both teams, the No. 8 Gophers are ahead of No. 12 Illinois, 34-30.
Trevor Mbakwe leads all scorers with 13 points and has seven rebounds. Austin Hollins has six points, making both his three-point attempts in the first half.
The Illini’s star guard Brandon Paul had to change jerseys early in the game after drawing blood — but the bigger story is Illinois’ shooting struggle.
More than half of the Illini’s field goal attempts were three-pointers but the team has only converted three of their 16 attempts in the half. The only thing keeping the Illini close is their free-throw shooting — 11-for-12.