Nunn Helps Illinois Shoot Down Minnesota, 62-49

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Their disappointing Big Ten season nearing its end, the Illinois Fighting Illini at least are getting a good look at their future. If Kendrick Nunn’s knees can hold up, the Illini could have reason to be optimistic.

The freshman guard hit five 3-pointers and led Illinois with 19 points as the last-place Illini beat Minnesota 62-49 on Wednesday night, putting a damper on the Gophers’ hopes for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid. Nunn scored 19 points for the second time this month — his first time came Feb. 9 at Penn State, when coach John Groce inserted Nunn into the starting lineup.

“When coach put me in the starting lineup that just gave me more confidence to make plays,” Nunn said, adding that he’s been battling some tendinitis in his knees for most of this season.

The Illini won for only the second time in their last…

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