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MARK MADNESS: 2020 NCAA TOURNAMENT

Kentucky falls to Illinois 84-83; Auburn makes Final Four

Kentucky’s dream ended in the Sweet 16 of MARK MADNESS, an NCAA Tournament computer game.

Illinois rallied from 10 points behind and defeated the Wildcats 84-83 in a game that featured 12 lead changes.

Immanuel Quickley scored 26 but the Cats fell to Ilinois in MARK MADNESS. (Tammie Brown)

Kentucky was leading 51-41 with 17 minutes to play but couldn’t stretch out the advantage. The game was tight to the end but Kofi Coffman’s clutch baskets won it for the Big Ten Illini.

Immanuel Quickley did his part, pouring in 26 points. Tyrese Maxey scored 18 and Ashlton Hagans and Nick Richards each scored 12. But it wasn’t enough despite shooting 54 percent from the field. Illinois held a 31-24 rebounding advantage and UK had only five offensive rebounds.

Richards, the 7-foot junior, failed to pull down even one rebound in 21 minutes of playing time.

Cockburn scored 21 for Illinois, which faced Marquette in the East Region final and defeated the Warriors 71-64 to reach the Final Four.

Joining Illinois are Creighton (Midwest), Auburn (South) and Gonzaga (West).

Scores through the Elite Eight are below. The Final Four will be played later.

 

SWEET SIXTEEN

EAST

Marquette 74, Maryland 60

Illinois 84, Kentucky 83

MIDWEST

Stanford 62, Kansas 53

Creighton 96, Duke 82

SOUTH

Auburn 69, Baylor 67

Florida State 68. Texas Tech 65

WEST

Gonzaga 88, Penn State 78

Michigan 85, Rutgers 58

 

ELITE EIGHT

EAST

Illinois 71. Marquette 64

MIDWEST

Creighton 78, Stanford 66

SOUTH

Auburn 69, Florida State 64

WEST

Gonzaga 93, Michigan 77

 

FINAL FOUR

Illinois vs. Creighton

Auburn vs. Gonzaga

By Mark Maynard

Managing editor of Kentucky Today, the digital newspaper of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, since July 2017. Worked 42 years for The Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky, the last 12 as managing editor and editor and the previous 30 before that in the sports department, including 17 years as sports editor. I have been in the business since 1975 with more than 75 writing awards from the Kentucky Press Association. I have also have written eight books, used to run fast but now look more like I have a piano on my back. President of Amy For Africa, a faith-based Christian ministry serving Uganda. I'm a husband to Beth and father to Stephen and Sally, grandfather to Brooks and human to Opie!

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