LIVE BLOG: FINAL: Miami (Fla.) 81, Illinois 79

Matthew Stevens

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Welcome once again to the State Farm Center where Illinois (6-1) will host Miami (4-3, 0-1 in ACC) for the first game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge series.

I'm LOOKING the State Farm Center media room in Champaign, Ill., as we're about an hour from the opening tip.

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Game 8: Miami (Fla.) at Illinois

Date/Time/Place: Monday, Dec. 2, 2019: 6 p.m. CST, State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.

Capacity: 16,618

Records: Miami 4-3, 0-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference; 14-18, 5-13 in ACC in 2018-19. Illinois 6-1; 12-21, 7-13 in Big Ten Conference in 2018-19.

Line: Illinois by 8.5

Series notes: Miami leads series 2-1. Illinois won the first meeting, an 86-76 win at Miami in 1969. Miami has met and defeated Illinois twice during Jim Larrañaga’s tenure. First, on March 24, 2013, the Hurricanes posted a 63-59 win in Austin, Texas, to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time. Then, exactly five years ago, on Dec. 2, 2014, Miami logged a 70-61 home victory in a matchup of top-25 teams in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

TV: ESPN2; Jason Benetti (PBP), Dan Dakich (analyst)

Radio (Illinois): Brian Barnhart (PBP), Deon Thomas (analyst) and Steve Kelly (Pre/HT/Post)» The broadcast can be heard live on TuneIn online radio, Sirius/XM 371 and at


Here is the league's lineup of games for tonight:

Clemson (5-2) at Minnesota (3-4) , 8 p.m. CST - ESPN2


Uniform Update: 

Miami will be in all black tonight (jerseys and shorts) vs. Illinois.


Illinois going with the same starting lineup as the previous seven games this season. Ayo, Frazier, Feliz, Giorgi and Kofi. 




15:55 left in 1st: Miami (Fla.) 12, Illinois 5 - Illinois already has four turnovers and they've led to six Miami points. Hurricanes are currently 3 of 4 from beyond the 3-point arc. 

ILLINI TIMEOUT - 14:55 left in 1st: Miami (Fla.) 17, Illinois 7 - Underwood simply can't take much more of this. Miami is 4 of 5 from 3-point range and Ayo Dosunmu has no points. 

ILLINI TIMEOUT - 12:17 left in 1st: Miami (Fla.) 23, Illinois 7 - Hurricanes on a 20-2 run over the last 5:53. Illinois has seven points and seven turnovers. Miami shooting 8 of 11 from the field. 

ILLINI TIMEOUT - 10:19 left in 1st: Miami (Fla.) 31, Illinois 11 - Illinois can't guard Miami guard Chris Lykes. The 5-foot-7 point guard has 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. He's just embarrassing Trent Frazier right now. 

MIAMI TIMEOUT - 7:14 left in 1st: Miami (Fla.) 35, Illinois 18 - Illini on a 7-0 run but Underwood still very displeased with the ball movement and the lack of movement without the basketball on the offensive end. Illinois' 2-3 zone has contained Miami's dribble-drive. 

ILLINI TIMEOUT - 5:20 left in 1st: Miami (Fla.) 43, Illinois 18 - Well...Brad Underwood is eventually going to run out of timeouts (he's only got one left). Miami has started this game 17 of 22 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range. 

MEDIA TIMEOUT - 3:29 left in 1st: Miami (Fla.) 45, Illinois 23 - Illinois center Kofi Cockburn has nine points and one rebound. Miami guard Chris Lykes has 17 points on nine shots. 

HALFTIME - Miami (Fla.) 50, Illinois 31 - I caution to say this but...Illinois is lucky to only be down 19 after 30 minutes. Miami has five layups and 6 of 12 from 3-point range. Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu has only four points on 2 of 6 shooting. 


15:51 left - Miami (Fla.) 62, Illinois 40 - In case you're wondering, Miami still knocking down open jump shots off curl screens. Ayo Dosunmu (2 of 7 and 4 points) is still nowhere to be found tonight. 

11:51 left - Miami (Fla.) 67, Illinois 50 - Foul trouble is the only way to stop Lykes, who now has four fouls. Cockburn has 15 points but only three rebounds. 

MIAMI TIMEOUT - 8:03 left - Miami (Fla.) 71, Illinois 58 - Illinois makes its last three field goals and Jim Larrañaga didn't think he could wait to the under-8 timeout. 

MIAMI TIMEOUT - 5:55 left - Miami (Fla.) 71, Illinois 66 - Illini on a 16-2 run over the last 5:39. 

MEDIA TIMEOUT - 3:18 left - Miami (Fla.) 80, Illinois 71 - Chris Lykes with back-to-back step-back jump shots. The Miami guard is one shy of his career-high point total.  

Illinois down one, get a stop and Ayo Dosunmu seemingly walks the ball up the floor and then gets called for a charge. That was VERY CONFUSING.