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12th-Ranked Illini Survive Auburn's Upset Bid

Josh Wallace battles Tracy Abrams for the ball.

Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn basketball Tigers fell to Big 10 power Illinois 81-79 on Saturday at Chicago.

Chicago, Ill.--Twenty turnovers by the Tigers and 27 made free throws by Illinois helped the 12th-ranked Illini hold on for an 81-79 basketball victory on Saturday at the United Center. Auburn led early in the game, but Illinois took the lead for good, appropriately considering how the game played out, with four minutes left in the first half at 41-39 on a pair of free throws. For the game the... Recommended Stories