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Huskers lose at Illinois, hurt NCAA Tournament chances

Posted: 6:22 PM, Feb 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-19 03:07:35Z

The Nebraska men's basketball team's NCAA Tournament chances took a huge hit Sunday afternoon as the Huskers lost to last place Illinois, 72-66. 

The loss snapped NU's six game conference winning streak. 

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Isaac Copeland scored a team-high 17 points in the loss, while the Illini were led by Leron Black's career-high 28 points. 

The game featured nine lead changes and six ties. Nebraska rallied from an eleven point deficit to eventually lead 52-47. But the Big Red couldn't deliver the knockout punch. 

The Huskers are now 20-9 overall and 11-5 in Big Ten play. NU is now in a tie for 4th place in the conference with Michigan, although the Huskers hold the tiebreaker over the Wolverines with a win over them last month. 

Nebraska hosts 7th place Indiana Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on BTN.