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.
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.
Marquette 74, Maryland 60
Illinois 84, Kentucky 83
Stanford 62, Kansas 53
Creighton 96, Duke 82
Auburn 69, Baylor 67
Florida State 68. Texas Tech 65
Gonzaga 88, Penn State 78
Michigan 85, Rutgers 58
Illinois 71. Marquette 64
Creighton 78, Stanford 66
Auburn 69, Florida State 64
Gonzaga 93, Michigan 77
Illinois vs. Creighton
Auburn vs. Gonzaga